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A Climate of Change: Heads, Hearts, and Hands Around the Planet

Each year the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) hosts our Intergenerational Spring Seminar. Our 2010 theme was A Climate of Change: Heads, Hearts, and Hands Around the Planet. Below is the statement complied by attendees to represent Unitarian Universalist voices at the United Nations. Learn more about  UU-UNO work on climate change.

UU United Nations 2010 Seminar Statement

Whereas...

  • All seven of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Principles mandate environmental stewardship...
     
  • The scientific evidence supporting global warming is overwhelming and cannot be ignored...
     
  • Climate change has the potential to degrade the quality of life of all people on earth, particularly those who lack the resources to adapt.
     
  • The impacts of global warming have dire consequences, including extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions...
     
  • There is no second planet and so we must preserve the one we have...
     
  • Dwindling water and food supply will also increase conflict between groups and threaten world peace...
     
  • The COP15 was a pivotal first step towards making a binding agreement but is not enough...

We hereby resolve to...

  • Be conscientious consumers by distinguishing the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’.
     
  • Educate our communities (schools, congregations, communities) with the most accurate information available, to counter disinformation, and to use the Internet and the arts as tools of communication.
     
  • Take simple and economical steps in our own backyards (such as planting native trees and plants) as well as advocating for pro-environment legislation and research on a larger scale.
     
  • Support political candidates/elected officials who acknowledge the climate crisis and demand that they take action.
     
  • Urge COP16 in Cancun, Mexico to develop a fair, ambitious binding agreement.  The agreement should provide for substantial aid to developing countries for technology transfer and adaptation.
     
  • Work with the United Nations for generational equity so that our children inherit a planet that is both functional and enjoyable. We must support the UU-UNO as our representative on a global scale.

For more information contact unitednations@uua.org.

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Last updated on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

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