Given our human capacity to reflect and act upon our own lives as well as the condition of the world, we accept with humility and determination our responsibility to remedy and mitigate global warming/climate change through innovation, cooperation, and self-discipline. We undertake this work for the preservation of life on Earth.
2006 Statement of Conscience, ‘Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change’
More than just a recognition of ecological interdependency, our Seventh Principle calls us to recognize that human beings are part of the web of existence. Too often "environmentalists" and "racial/economic justice advocates" have been at odds with each other. Environmental justice is the recognition that the same paradigm of dominion that has led to environmental degradation also reinforces economic and racial inequities. Only by seeking solutions that address both can we solve either.
Since our inception in 1961, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed numerous resolutions and statements addressing environmental concerns, as well as numerous statements on racial and economic justice. In 1994 the UUA voted to adopt a Statement of Conscience called Environmental Justice. This Statement of Conscience encourages Unitarian Universalists to address environmental concerns through the lenses of gender, race and class at the denominational, congregational, and personal level.
Learn more about environmental justice.
Ethical eating recognizes the moral dimensions of our food choices. The ways our societies raise, buy, and consume our food has direct effects on the earth, plants and animals, and humans who work to make our food available.
Delegates at the General Assembly in Charlotte, NC, approved Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice as a 2011 Statement of Conscience.
Download the Ethical Eating Study Guide and Ethical Eating Worship Resource Supplement (PDF, 33 pages).
Stories from congregations engaged in environmental justice and stewardship, many through the Green Sanctuary Program, which was designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth that is central to our lives.
Do you have a story you would like to share? Please send us your stories by emailing them to environment @ uua.org.
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