Environmental Justice Ministry

Service, Education, Witness, Advocacy, and Justice opportunities at UUCA

In person meetings at UUCA have been cancelled until further notice. Off site service opportunities have been scaled back, as well.

At its 2020 Spring Congregational meeting, UUCA members voted to have the justice ministry focus on environmental issues. We have EJM committee meetings the second Sunday of each month at 1:00pm on Zoom. You can also follow the UUCA EJM on Facebook and Twitter for relevant news articles and local events. Thanks!

At its 2020 Fall Congregational meeting, UUCA members voted we begin the process to become an accredited Green Sanctuary with the UUA. Each congregation performs a self-assessment, writes a plan, and completes projects across: Environmental Justice / Climate Justice, Worship and Celebration, Religious Education, and Sustainable Living. Learn more about Green Sanctuary 2030 here.

At its April 18, 2021, meeting the UUCA Board voted to support HR 2703 - the Energy Innovation & Carbon dividend Act with the following resolution:

Resolution on Climate Change 

WHEREAS, The Earth’s climate is changing.  Our planet is getting warmer, the polar ice caps and glaciers are melting, sea levels are rising, the oceans are getting warmer and more acidic, and

WHEREAS, Earth’s weather is becoming more unstable. We are seeing unprecedented hurricanes, droughts, floods & fires, and

WHEREAS, these changes are having disastrous effects on the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Species are going extinct. Crops are failing, diseases are spreading, populations of seafood are crashing, and

WHEREAS, these changes often have the strongest effect on people who are least able to cope with them: the poor and people living a subsistence existence, and

WHEREAS, scientists agree that the primary cause is that we are burning fossil fuels (coal, petroleum and natural gas), which release vast quantities of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into our atmosphere; CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps the Sun’s heat, warming the planet, and

WHEREAS, the burning of fossil fuels exacts a toll on our health, especially children, the elderly and those with weak respiratory systems, and

WHEREAS, scientists say that we have at most 10 years to stop emitting CO2 if we are to have a livable world to pass on to our descendants, and

WHEREAS, economists on all sides of the political spectrum, including those in energy companies, agree that adding a fee onto fossil fuels is an effective way to reduce carbon emissions, thereby making them more expensive, thus encouraging us all to switch to a renewable energy economy, and

WHEREAS, to avoid burdening low-income and marginalized communities and communities of color, we should pass the fees directly back to all citizens as a monthly dividend. People who switch to renewable energy would receive the dividend without paying the fees and come out ahead, and

WHEREAS, switching to renewable energy would create many more jobs, better health and increase our national security, therefore

BE IT RESOLVED: that the congregation of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Anaheim respectfully requests Congress immediately pass legislation to drastically reduce our nation’s carbon emissions such as the Green New Deal and the Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act, HR 2703 (https://energyinnovationact.org).

Environmental Justice sermon - On the 2nd Sunday of each month we will hear from a speaker on an Environmental Justice, UU the Vote, or other Social Justice related topic:  

Solar Power System

Our solar power system was put into operation on Nov. 13, 2009, supplying about 40% of our energy needs. Several local officials congratulated us on installing this environmentally friendly system.

The Sierra Club's Energy Task Force presented us with the "Solar Powered Building" decal shown here. By September, 2017, our roof-mounted solar panels had produced over 69,000 KWhrs of power, reducing CO2 emissions by over 59 tons.

Pledge to be a Faith Climate Justice Voter. "There are deep inequities and racial injustices in our communities and nation. This is a moment for fundamental change. We need leaders who share our values of loving our neighbors and caring for Creation and are committed to ending structures of oppression, ending environmental injustices, and tackling climate change."

Vote in every election! Every OC registered voter will receive a mail in ballot, and no postage is necessary to return it by mail through USPS or drop it off in a ballot drop box location around Orange County. To learn more go to Orange County Registrar of Voters.

Environmental Justice Ministry committee meetings are held the 2nd Sunday of each month at 1pm on Zoom.
We look forward to returning to in person meetings in August.

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