2021: Working towards climate justice and food security
The COVID-19 pandemic has cast into sharp relief the inequalities present in our world - perhaps most noticeably in the shape of increasing food insecurity. The injustices present in the ways that food is grown, distributed, and consumed are tightly interwoven with the injustices of the climate crisis. The 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, currently expected to take place all online, will explore these ideas and how we can be all in for climate justice and food security for everyone, everywhere. The event will be Friday, April 9, 2021 to Sunday, April 11, 2021. Planning is currently in its early stages. Apply now to be part of the Planning Committee!
2020: All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet
Exploring the 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar Theme.
Our understanding of how to achieve climate justice is centered around being ALL IN:
All interdependent: We are a part of the interdependent web of all existence. While climate change poses grave threats to humans, every single living thing’s health, well-being, and very existence are also at stake.
All intergenerational: Although much of the current climate movement is youth led, the struggle has been ongoing for generations. People of all ages must be involved and support one another to keep the movement strong.
All indigenous-led: Indigenous leaders are at the forefront of the climate movement. Indigenous communities contribute the least emissions but are the most affected by climate change. Indigenous leaders can contribute sustainable solutions to the crisis and we must listen to them and amplify their leadership.
All intersectional: Climate change effects marginalized communities the most. As Dr. Kimberlé Crenshaw defines the concept of intersectionality, people with multiple marginalized identities that intersect (i.e. women of color, or trans people with disabilities, or etc.) experience compounded discrimination beyond what they might experience simply based on one of their inseparable identities. People of Color, Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+ communities, and those with disabilities will feel the most impact from climate change. We need an intersectional movement with underrepresented voices leading us all forward.
- All international: This is a global struggle that requires international collaboration and solutions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change urged international policy makers that keeping global warming under 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would require revolutionary changes in society. Under UN Sustainable Development Goal 13, the world is encouraged to take urgent climate action to fulfill the goals of the Paris Agreement and beyond.
Climate change is a human rights issue. Climate is affecting our health, our homes, and our freedom. Although people are the one’s to blame, we are also the solution to reducing greenhouse gasses and making our world live-able.
We have the power to reduce the impacts of climate change. We must recognize the power dynamics at play. Powerful, wealthy countries have been most responsible for the climate crisis but will be the least impacted because they have the resources to adapt. On the other hand, those small or developing countries with the least political and economic power that have been least responsible for creating the crisis are the most impacted by natural disasters, drought, flooding, and rising tides. It is important for those who hold privileged social positions to use their power to amplify the leadership of those who have been historically marginalized.
We only get one planet. We must take care of our planet and learn to live on Earth without polluting it.
Our 2020 Intergenerational Spring Seminar took place April 17-19, online. Addressing the 2020 theme All In For Climate Justice: People, Power, Planet, participants considered both local and global engagement with issues such as:
- Equip participants with examples of powerful local organizing and skills to organize their communities strategically for climate justice.
Learn how to strengthen relationships with local indigenous organizers and support their leadership in the struggle for climate justice.
Contextualize the intersectionality of the climate justice conversation -- esp. Climate-forced migration and other disproportionate impacts on frontline communities -- and what to do with that knowledge.
Understand global picture of climate change mitigation & adaptation, how the UN is involved & what individual or congregational involvement with UN efforts looks like.
Prepare and fortify participants spiritually for the climate justice struggle, especially lifting up youth leadership & training.
Model sustainable practices for carbon-neutral & ecofriendly zero-waste living.
The UUA and Climate Justice
In partnership with UU Ministry for Earth and the Green Sanctuary program, the goal of the Climate Justice Initiative is to build the Unitarian Universalist (UU) climate change movement through education and advocacy and to collaborate with other climate change voices in and around the United Nations in order to promote a world with mitigated climate change that will be viable for us and for future generations