“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?”—Henry Thoreau, 1854
WHEREAS the Unitarian Universalist Association will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary at the 2011 General Assembly, which is scheduled for Charlotte, North Carolina; and
NOTING the significance of the historic General Assembly resolution “Environmental Justice,” which was introduced for discussion at the 1993 General Assembly, in Charlotte, North Carolina in response to environmental racism, and other subsequent environment related resolutions; and
RECOGNIZING the progress that the Unitarian Universalist Association, the General Assembly planners and the Associated and Affiliated organizations have made since the 1993 General Assembly, in working of environmental justice and environmental stewardship; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this General Assembly calls upon the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association to make a special effort in the year 2011 to participate in the Association’s continuing work for environmental justice, environmental stewardship, biodiversity and ecosystem protection, and environmental restoration. We ask member congregations to reflect on the religious teachings and experiences that inspire Unitarian Universalists in this important work; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this General Assembly asks the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association to report to the 2011 General Assembly on our Association’s progress in promoting environmental stewardship and environmental justice, with recommendations for action in the twenty-first century; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that this General Assembly encourages all of the Association’s member congregations to support the Green Sanctuary program and to apply for Green Sanctuary accreditation. We ask that an Association report on the history of the Green Sanctuary program and the Association’s other work for environmental justice be presented to the 2011 General Assembly.