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UU-UNO Climate Action Teams

Climate Action Team (CAT) Program Mission

The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), part of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), promotes human rights, peace and justice throughout the world. The Unitarian Universalist UN Office supports the work of the United Nations Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and feels its long-term vision is very much in tune with our moral, ethical, and survival imperative to ensure ecosystem health, livelihood, peace and justice for us and for future generations. There can be no long-term solution to human-rights concerns without effectively dealing with the environmental impacts, including climate change. Climate change is a human survival issue, interconnected with many social justice and environmental issues including the themes of the Fourth Session: employment and decent work for all, social protection, youth, education and culture, health and population dynamics. Local efforts will not be enough. Global action is needed, which can only be coordinated by the United Nations.

UU-UNO Climate change promotion at the UN is effective when fully supported by UU congregations. In order to build this congregational backing, the UU-UNO is facilitating the creation of networked Climate Action Teams (CATs), which work to encourage their members of Congress to support U.S. leadership at the UN to take a leading role on climate change issues. CATs will also work to reduce their congregation’s carbon footprint, promote socially just climate change solutions, and add to the network of UUs active on climate change. The values of these teams are founded in the UU principles and in the 2006 UUA Statement of Conscience: Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change.

Why is Climate Change So Important?

The damaging impacts of climate change are already being felt, and will be increasingly severe if substantial action is not taken. Climate change is a human survival issue, interconnected with many social justice and environmental issues including biodiversity, peace, health, immigration, poverty, economic stability, and human rights worldwide. There can be no long-term solution to any of these issues unless we effectively deal with climate change.

Call to Action

We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to act effectively to ensure ecosystem health, livelihood, peace and justice for us and for future generations. You have the power to be a leader who inspires action to mitigate climate change impacts and implement responsible climate risk management.

Resource Packet for Forming Your CAT

Please visit these pages for all of the necessary tools needed to form your Climate Action Team!

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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Last updated on Friday, August 2, 2013.

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