After attending the Intergenerational Spring Seminar April 17-19, the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations (UU@UN) hopes that all participants will continue engagement with the office and with the issues discussed, such as creating sustainable communities and institutions, and advocating for policies to create climate justice on both global and local levels.
Our esteemed presenters, partners, and volunteers have provided the following information and resources for continued engagement (grouped roughly based on topic). We're happy to add more - send additional resources to email@example.com and we can update this list!
Create Climate Justice
Unitarian Universalism seeks world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all & respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Climate chaos will cause the exact opposite. Averting the climate crisis is critical to the vision and lived expression of Unitarian Universalism.
To this end, the UU Ministry the Earth and the Unitarian Universalist Association Green Sanctuary Program & UU Office at the United Nations have launched the Create Climate Justice initiative, with three current priority focus areas:
Strengthening Unitarian Universalist communications and mutual support networks for Climate Justice
Mobilizing UUs in solidarity with Indigenous front-line communities
Supporting the Just Transition to an ecological civilization through partnerships and civic engagement
Direct Action for Climate Justice
Amelia Diehl from UU Young Adults from Climate Justice led an incredible introduction to the ways that we can take direct action for climate justice. Check out the slides from her presentation and watch the video here:
At the beginning of the workshop, Amelia gave a disclaimer that this training was intended to be introductory, to inspire participants to learn more. Successful direct action takes months, often years, of preparation and all are encouraged to deepen your journeys beyond the Seminar. She shares these suggested resources for further engagement with direct action:
Climate Impacts & Identity
Climate change is an existential threat to our planet that will change every person’s lives in ways we don’t yet fully understand. It is also true that the climate crisis is already and will continue to impact certain people more severely than others, these differences often determined by social position and access to resources. Workshop presenters Dr. Charis Boke and Marissa Gutierrez-Vicario shared the following resources with all the Seminar participants:
- Spotify Playlist: UU@UN Identity and Climate workshop
- Key definitions for discussions of climate justice
Resource Library for Continued Learning
Guides and Tools
350.org Graphic Resources for facilitating, visual aid, videos, etc.
Community Climate Map - Get to know how climate change affects your community and get to know local organizers in your area.
Films and Videos
Bidder 70 - Full-length Documentary about a UU Activist
This Changes Everything - Full-length Documentary
The Condor and The Eagle - Full-length Documentary
Climate Justice - article from Kairos Canada
Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class and the Environment edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018)
What We Are Fighting For Now is Each Other by Wen Stephenson
This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
As Long As Grass Grows by Dina Gilio-Whitaker
Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
All Our Relations by Winona LaDuke
Our History is The Future by Nick Estes
As We Have Always Done by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson