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Effects of Global Climate Change (GCC) now threaten our lives, property, health, and our children's futures. We must simplify people's united support behind a single campaign for policy change on greenhouse gases; and inform ourselves, and others, about practical new Climate Action and Adaptation Plans, which lay out imaginative lifestyle change.
Our Seventh Principle calls us to respect the interdependent web. Our Fifth Principle honors the democratic process. Heeding the guidance of science, as articulated in our Fifth Source, we submit this proposal standing on the shoulders of the many Unitarian Universalists (UUs) who act responsibly on Global Climate Change.
This Congregational Study/ Action Issue (CSAI) Proposal is submitted in the hope of creating a greater capacity for UU congregations to take action on Global Climate Change.
Unitarian Universalists have been involved in Global Climate change for more than two decades. The 2006 Statement of Conscience on Global Warming defined many ways that UU's could take individual, congregational, or group advocacy action to reduce greenhouse gases, and many UU's have made significant lifestyle changes and participated in many advocacy campaigns as a result of the guidance of that SOC.
After the 2010 General Assembly, a UU Climate Change and Environmental Justice Action Coalition was formed, including representatives from UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the UU State Advocacy Networks, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), and the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). If this CSAI Proposal is accepted for study, our democratic CSAI Social Witness process could inform the future efforts of this coalition.
Currently, it is possible to link to Advocacy Action campaigns on Global Climate Change through the UUA website, the UU-UNO website, the UUMFE website, and the UUSC website website. Information on Global Climate Change is available through state UU Legislative ministries as well. Most of what is available on these websites is educational and informative. Some of what is available is direction to other websites where direct action can be taken, and some of what is available contains direct links to active electronic petitions and campaigns.
On the UUA website, there is a sample letter for Climate Change Advocacy and a script for telephone advocacy on climate change. The UUA Social Justice Page links to the Environmental Justice Page. The Environmental Justice Page has a Global Warming/Climate Change link. As of the May 26, 2011 update there were no Advocacy Action links on this page.
The UU-UNO Climate Portal has Action Alerts accessible on the home page. Unfortunately, if you click on the "What we can do-mitigation" link, rather than scrolling down to the Action Alerts, then the electronic petition is missed. If, however, you make it to the Action Alerts, there is a succinct electronic petition to sign and submit.
The UUSC website home page links to an Environmental Justice page, on which there is a "What you can do" link. Action listed on this page includes: registering for UUSC's e-Community, signing up for Environmental Justice News, Getting Information about your water, and considering becoming a Green Sanctuary under the UUMFE program.
The UUMFE website has a "Take Action" tab on the home page, which brings up a page with a menu on the left. This menu has a Global Warming/Climate link. The areas of action listed are: We can reduce our carbon footprints, We can learn, We can provide ways for individuals to take action by using resources from the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, and We can start a small group conversation.
UU State Advocacy Networks have been established to facilitate UU advocacy. Issues are selected at 2 year intervals in California. In Florida, Climate Change is a core issue of the UULMF. This website informs us that laws to address this issue have been sidetracked and are still being opposed nationally and locally, and that both state and federal legislators need to hear about the public's concerns. The Link to their Climate Change page has links to informational climate change resources: The US EPA, Wikipedia, Oceana website, UUMFE, Florida Climate Change, NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center, Mother Nature Network, Union of Concerned Scientists, Environment News Service, Thousand Friends of Florida, Nature Conservancy, National Sierra Club, Sierra Club Florida Chapter, and the IPCC. As of July12, 2011 there were no links to Action petitions or campaigns on the UUMLF site.
Jim Hansen filed a lawsuit against the White House for failing to address Global Warming.
Meaningful Global Climate Change policy has been stalled at the federal level, but many states and localities have adopted plans with aggressive mitigation goals, and sustainability as a guiding principle. The policy recommendations in the state Climate Action Plans are in line with Unitarian Universalist values, and reflect the thinking expressed in our 2006 Statement of Conscience on Global Warming. Advocacy is needed to move from policy recommendations to funded and implemented public policy.
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Last updated on Thursday, November 3, 2011.
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