We invite representatives from Social Action groups from individual congregations to post articles about UU climate or energy related activities and other topics of interest. For information about posting, please see this: Illustrative Resource for Posting. Also send a message HERE if you want to write an article.
For example, here are actions on climate taken by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, New Jersey (UUCMC).
The UUCMC established a Climate Change Action Team. Its first action was a "Counter the Contrarians" series of three classes to learn how to respond to fallacious climate contrarian arguments, which are obstructing a sound climate policy in the US.
These classes lead to formulation of the "one-liner" responses to contrarian fallacies, now posted on the popular website skepticalscience.com.
The Social Action Committee recently passed THIS resolution against the Clean Energy budget cuts in New Jersey.
The UUCMC participated in the UUA's 40/40/40ethical eating initiative, and this was reported in the local press in an big article with pictures.
The UUCMC installed solar panels on the roof a few years ago. Temperature control is used for energy conservation.
HERE is a report of the UUCMC Seventh Generation project.
Below is the stained-glass Earth Window in the UUCMC sanctuary:
Here is the 2010 COP16 Cancun climate change paper from the UN Committee on Sustainable Development NY, a member of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the...
Climate Action Team BlogLast Updated on 2013-11-10 13:12:33
UU CLIMATE ACTION TEAMS BLOG
PLEASE SHARE YOUR ACTIVITIES WITH OTHERS
For information on how to start your own UU Climate Action Team (CAT) click HERE.
To register your CAT click HERE.
To post something, join the Climate Portal.
From Doug Stewart, UU-UNO Climate Advisory Group, here is a great outline on advice for CATs to be successful:
Climate Action Team skills Doug Stewart .pdf
Millennium Development Goals and Climate Change ActionLast Updated on 2013-09-21 08:41:43
The Millennium Development Goals MDGs
The MDGs are eight development goals against poverty that all 192 UN Member States have agreed to achieve by 2015. Achievement of the MDGs and mitigation of climate change are intertwined, as discussed in this article. The graph on the right shows the huge number of people living on less than $1.25 per day (1.4 billion people in 2005).
The Eight MDG Goals
MDGs and Climate Change
Progress in the MDGs
Post-2015 Development Agenda
The UN MDG Conference in 2010
Reference documents for MDGs
History - the Millennium UN Declaration (2000)
Video on the MDG by Gillian Sorensen
Here are the eight Millennium Development Goals MDGs
Goal 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower... More »
More Jobs from Renewables than from the XL PipelineLast Updated on 2011-09-23 00:00:00
MORE JOBS FROM RENEWABLES THAN FROM THE XL PIPELINE
More jobs would be created by putting an equivalent amount of money into renewable energies than would be created by the XL pipeline.
The Keystone XL Pipeline, or just the XL Pipeline, is a proposed extension to a pipeline system that would transport synthetic crude oil from Canada to refineries in the United States. For a comprehensive introduction to issues with the pipeline, see HERE.
XL pipeline proponents have attempted to frame the debate over whether the pipeline should be constructed in terms of whether it will be economically good for the American people. (They have no argument for how it will affect the environment; environmental impacts will unquestionably be severe.) Their arguments in this frame of mind have taken on two forms: they claim that the pipeline will... More »
Climate Risk and UU IssuesLast Updated on 2011-09-04 00:00:00
Climate change is strongly linked to UU issues. So climate change should be "back on the front page" for UUs. This essay spells out the argument.
Picture of Eleanor Roosevelt with the Spanish text of the Universal Declaration in 1949 (Wikipedia)
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Heartland "Absurdities" - Nature journal editorialLast Updated on 2011-07-29 00:00:00The recent contrarian/denier/faux-skeptic Heartland climate conference is analyzed HERE in a recent Nature editorial entitled "Heart of the Matter". The appropriate summary word in the editorial is "Absurdities". Here it is:
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