UU-UNO Climate Initiative Strategic Plan MISSION: GOALS, Activities
For historical interest, HERE is the 2011 UU-UNO Climate Initiative Final Board Strategic Plan report, in the format required by the UU-UNO Board at that time. It has the details of the mission of providing motivation for climate action in order to achieve the overall vision of a world with mitigated climate change viable for us and future generations. GOALS are the top of each section in ITALICS, and ACTIVITIES carried out to achieve each of these goals are listed as bullet points. If there is a streaming error, just click on the link below.
Food Security, Nutrition, and Land Degradation:
Description: Access to nutritious food is a human right. However, there is a serious discrepancy in the world between access and availability of food. In addition, climate change is endangering food security and has many negative implications for agricultural production due to increased environmental stress including drought, heat, and shifts in water availability, with areas currently suffering from food insecurity most at risk. Extreme events are already more frequent and severe and will continue to increase.
Climate change and small island states event
Another climate event organized by UU-UNO Climate Intern Maria Dahlmann was part of her NYU/UU-UNO "climate think tank" project. Speakers were:
Jeffrey Waheed, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Maldives to the UN
Esperanza Garcia, MS Candidate, Earth Institute, Columbia U.
Dr. Jan Dash, UU-UNO Climate Initiative Chair (see talk below)
The 2012 Intergenerational UU-UNO Spring Seminar on Race and Immigration (see here) had a panel on Climate Change and Migration. The presenters were Dr. Pamela McElwee (Rutgers U.) and Dr. Jan Dash (UU-UNO Climate Initiative Chair).
The 2011 Intergenerational UU-UNO Spring Seminar Empower Women for a Better World (see HERE) had a panel on Women and Climate Change. The presentations were by Kim Lovell (Conservation Organizer, Global Population and Environment Program, Sierra Club), Tuya Goulden (International Travel Liaison, Asia Center, Academy of Natural Sciences), and Dr. Jan Dash (UU-UNO Climate Initiative Chair).
The final seminar statement contained these points related to climate:
Whereas: ... Global climate change exacerbates war and gender disparity;
We hereby resolve to: ... Encourage women to educate, advocate, and organize to support sustainable living.
The title was "The Ethical Aspects of Climate Change". Unfortunately the talk, whatever its merits, had nothing to do with the ethical aspects of climate change or even with climate change at all. It was badly received by those who had come to hear a serious discussion of climate change and were disappointed by the missed opportunity. Many simply walked out. The transcript including the talk and ensuing discussion is HERE.
1. The intergenerationalUU-UNO Spring Seminarwas held April 8-10. HERE is a one-page introduction to climate change. Seminar presentations are HERE. The final Seminar Statement was delivered to the UN Secretary General, and can be read HERE.
Following the merger of the UU-UNO with the UUA in 2011, the UU-UNO Board of Directors dissolved. There is now a UU-UNO Advisory Board. The UU-UNO Climate Initiative continues unaffected. Here is a report:
The report of the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office was presented to the General Assembly Saturday by Bruce F. Knotts, executive director. Knotts highlighted his organization’s role in bringing LGBT, peace, climate change, and womens’ and childrens’ rights issues to the attention of UN delegates.
“This is the kind of thing that our office can do with your support,” Knotts said. The UU-UNO and the UUA will be working even closer together starting next week. As of July 1 the UU-UNO will become a part of the UUA’s Office of International Resources, headed by the Rev. Eric Cherry.
Earlier this year UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales noted that having the office under the UUA’s umbrella would prove advantageous. “The big moral issues of our time tend to cross national borders, whether it’s about climate change, LGBT rights, such as in Uganda, or immigration. To put these issues in an international perspective is appropriate and really the only reasonable way to approach it.”
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