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Support Effective Climate Change Legislation—S.309/H.R.1590

Global climate change is already creating water shortages and forcing large-scale human migrations. Unless we take urgent action, it's only going to get worse, causing widespread international conflict. The scientific community tells us that we must reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2000 levels by the year 2050. Only the Sanders-Boxer (S. 309) and Waxman (H.R. 1590) bills require the sufficient reductions. Moreover, the competing bill benefits corporations at the expense of low-income families. (More information on why the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) endorses Sanders-Boxer (S.309) (PDF) over Lieberman-Warner.)

On this Earth Day, organize a letter writing campaign in your congregation. Tell your Senators and Representatives: Do not settle for legislation that is ineffective and unjust. Support S. 309 and/or H.R. 1590. 

Please announce this advocacy campaign in your Sunday service and have a letter-writing table in the sanctuary or parish hall following the service.

You can use this sample letter (PDF) as a template, or write your own.  Alternatively, you can send an email to all of your elected representatives through our online action page.

Suggestions for Including Youth

Youth groups can add messages to letters being send to representatives in Congress.

Ask youth to draw pictures of the earth with a message to their elected leaders asking them to protect our planet and do our part as members of the world community.  Include note with letter to members of Congress that messages from youth in the congregation’s religious education classes are included.

Please let Kat Liu, Assistant Director of the UUA Washington Office for Advocacy, know that your congregation participated (environment @!

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This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.

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