First Steps for Climate Action Teams (CATs)
*Climate Action Teams (CATs) are formed by congregations and they determine their own goals and values. We provide below some ideas which the CATs can adopt if they wish.*
1. “CAT Values and Goals” and “Top Ten CAT Activities”
- Read through “CAT Values and Goals” to understand what it means to be a CAT. View “Top Ten CAT Activities” for suggested strategies and projects for your CAT.
2. Delegate Responsibilities
- Establish a CAT point person whom the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) office can communicate with. The UU-UNO will share the CATs contact information with all of the other UU organizations which are working on climate change, environmental justice and related topics. We encourage the CATs to obtain information and inspiration from all UU organizations and to be in touch with them when questions arise.
- We recommend that your group distribute communications, financial management, and over-all leadership responsibilities among at least three CAT members. For example, a CAT Executive Board might include, in addition to the point person, an outreach coordinator and treasurer.
3. Create Your CAT’S Email Address
- Carefully follow the instructions under “Online Instructions and Recommendations” included in this packet. Even if you are familiar with Gmail, please follow these instructions to avoid creating a Google+ account.
- Make your Gmail address: yourcongregation [dot] cat [at] gmail [dot] com
4. Create Your CAT’s Blog
- While CATs are not required to do so, the CCI recommends that CATs create a blog/website for your CAT with photos, resources, and information about your team and its work.
- The CCI recommends that CATs utilize Gmail’s Blogger to create and design your blog. You will have access to this resource as soon as you create your Gmail account.
- Read “Online Instructions and Recommendations” included in this resource packet for directions on creating a blog through Google Blogger.
- The CCI recommends that you title your blog, “Your Congregation Climate Action Team” and make your blog address:
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This standard format for your blog title and address is helpful so that our office, along with other CATs can easily find your blog.
- See “Online Instructions and Recommendations” for suggestions about using your blog.
5. Register Your CAT
- Once you have read through, “CAT Values and Overall Goals” and established a point person, Gmail address, and blog address if you so choose, you are ready to register your team. Register here.
- All CAT Gmail and blog addresses will be available for viewing on the UU-UNO web page.
6. Develop a Strategic Plan
- CATs are unified by the CAT values and overall goals. See “CAT Values and Overall Goals” for further information. Beyond this point, CATs adopt strategies and tactics appropriate for their community.
- To organize these strategies and tactics, CATs are encouraged to utilize the “UU-UNO Strategic Plan Worksheet (PDF)” and view the “CAT Top Ten Climate Change Activities.”
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