Climate Change 2016-11-20T18:35:46+00:00

UUCMC Climate Change Action Team

As a result of the Congregation’s vote to focus on the issue of global warming, the Climate Change Action Team (CCAT) was formed in the fall of 2010. The CCAT meets regularly and welcomes participation at any level – attend a meeting, assist in planning an activity, or participate in an action. Whatever you can do helps us all. For more information please contact either Jan Dash or Regina Knowlton.

In the words of Edward Everett Hale, “I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

In our activities we draw attention to the way climate change affects all the other social justice causes Unitarian Universalists care about. Climate change is expected to cause more frequent drought, deluges, and conflicts over resources affecting basic human needs. These needs must be met before human rights can be addressed.

CCAT

UUCMC Climate Change Action Statement

Whereas…

Our Unitarian Universalist principles affirm and promote environmental stewardship…

The scientific evidence supporting global warming is overwhelming and cannot be ignored…

Climate change has the potential to degrade the quality of life of all people on earth, particularly those who lack the resources to adapt…

The impacts of global warming have dire consequences, including extreme weather, rising sea levels, and mass extinctions…

There is no second planet and so we must preserve the one we have…

Dwindling water and food supplies will increase conflict and threaten world peace…

The Copenhagen Climate Conference COP15 was a pivotal first step towards making a binding agreement but is not enough…

We of the UUCMC, as a faith community, therefore pledge to honor, uphold, and act upon the following ethical and moral imperatives:

Be conscientious consumers by distinguishing the difference between ‘need’ and ‘want’.

Educate ourselves and our communities (schools, neighborhoods, etc.) with the most accurate information available, counter disinformation, and use effective means of communication to accomplish these ends, e.g. the Internet and the arts.

Take simple and economical steps to reduce our carbon footprint and advocate for pro-environment legislation and research on a large scale.

Urge political candidates and elected officials to acknowledge the climate crisis and demand that Urge the Cancun Climate Conference COP16 in 2010 to develop a fair, ambitious, and binding agreement. This means specifying commitments to achieve safe greenhouse gas levels and providing substantial aid to developing countries for technology transfer and adaptation.

Ensure generational equity, meaning that our children and further generations will be able to enjoy our planet and lead healthy, fulfilling lives.

Approved at the UUCMC 13 June 2010 annual meeting, unanimous vote, 68 votes for.