Global Warming/Climate Change

Rev. William Sinkford, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, spoke at the UU Witness for the Earth Rally in Portland, OR, organized by the UU Ministry of the Earth. (2007)

Earth is our home. We are part of this world and its destiny is our own. Life on this planet will be gravely affected unless we embrace new practices, ethics, and values to guide our lives on a warming planet. As Unitarian Universalists, how can our faith inform our actions to remedy and mitigate global warming/climate change? We declare by this Statement of Conscience that we will not acquiesce to the ongoing degradation and destruction of life that human actions are leaving to our children and grandchildren. We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses. As a people of faith, we commit to a renewed reverence for life and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, 2006 Statement of Conscience

As global warming/climate change is resulting in more extreme weather—drought in some areas and flooding in others—poorer peoples and communities of color are often the most affected by these disasters even though they contribute the least to their causes. Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) spiritual values call us to act on the personal, local, and national levels to adopt practices that will reverse global warming/climate change, and to do so in ways that are just and equitable.

Our Resources

  • Climate Change Religious Education Curriculum: This curriculum has been developed by the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO), and many of the solutions discussed are from the UN.
  • UN Climate Justice Initiative: Meant to build the Unitarian Universalist (UU) climate change movement through education and advocacy and to collaborate with other climate change voices at the United Nations in order to promote a world with mitigated climate change that will be viable for us and for future generations.

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