UU-UNO Climate Action Teams
Climate Action Team (CAT) Program
Climate Action Teams (CATs) are Unitarian Universalist congregations’ Commit2Respond interest groups that are passionate about environmental justice and want to take action. The idea is to have congregations get involved and raise awareness for environmental justice issues at local, national, and international levels. As part of this program, congregations will have access to materials, resources, and networking opportunities so they may have a greater impact on the topics that they are passionate about. CATs have monthly conference calls to discuss updates on Commit2Respond and climate change current events. These calls are used in conjunction with a Facebook group where CAT leaders and members can network and share what they are doing in their communities.
As a whole, CATs work to reduce their congregation’s carbon footprint, promote socially just climate change solutions, and add to the network of UUs active on climate change. Individually, they focus on the issues that they themselves are most passionate about and hold events ranging from environmental film festivals to taking part in climate change marches.
The values of Climate Action Teams are founded on Unitarian Universalist Principles, with support from the 2006 UUA Statement of Conscience: "Threat of Global Warming, 2006 Statement of Conscience" and the 2015 Action of Immediate Witness (AIW): “Support a Strong, Compassionate Global Climate Agreement in 2015: Act for a Livable Climate”.
Although it may seem to be on a small scale, Climate Action Teams, highlight what the environmental movement needs: a grass-roots effort to address and promote environmental justice issues that can assist in the creation of global climate policy. Many high-level world officials including Pope Francis in his 2015 Encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ and the Secretary-General of the United Nations, His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, have spoken out on the importance of this bottom-up approach. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) promotes the necessity of global action to develop ambitious climate change policies. This is most effective with the full support of UU congregations through their Climate Action Teams.
Call to Action
We have a moral, ethical, and survival imperative to act effectively to ensure ecosystem health, livelihood, peace and justice for us and for future generations. You have the power to be a leader who inspires action to mitigate climate change impacts and implement responsible climate risk management.
Goals for Climate Actions Teams*
- Your congregation and local community’s carbon footprint is lowered.
- Climate change mitigation and adaptation policy is implemented at the local, national, and international level.
- Climate change solutions are socially just.
- Your CAT is actively involved in the international Commit2Respond network.
*Climate Action Teams (CATs) are formed by congregations and they determine their own goals and values. The above are ideas which the CATs can adopt if they wish.
Resources for Forming Your CAT
Please visit these pages for all of the necessary tools needed to form your Climate Action Team!
- CAT First Steps
- CAT Online Instructions
- Register already active UU environmental groups as Climate Action Teams
- CAT Values and Overall Goals
- Ten Suggestions to Get Involved on Environmental Justice