UUs played a big part in the People’s Climate March in New York last September 21, and the action continues. Climate Justice Month will be observed from March 22 to April 22, between World Water Day and Earth Day. Each week has a theme: reveling in connection with the natural world; reckoning with the impacts and injustices of climate change; reconnecting with hope through relationship and exploring who is impacted by our energy sources; and committing to long-term actions to shift energy use patterns, advance human rights and grow the climate justice movement.
The Commit2Respond.org website provides details and suggested activities to guide you on this spiritual journey. Both organizations and individuals may sign up via the website to receive daily messages during the month with suggestions for reflections, study and action. If you prefer, you may follow Commit2Respond on Facebook or Twitter and receive your information that way. Most of the organizations listed so far are UU churches and groups, although all faith communities are welcome to join.
Hope for Creation, a local climate change faith and action coalition, will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Recognizing Common Ground on Climate Policies on Tuesday, April 21, at 7 pm, at the First Presbyterian Church at 321 W. South St. Rob Sisson of ConservAmerica, the keynote speaker, will talk about ways conservatives and liberals can work together toward our common goal of addressing climate change. Breakout sessions with representatives from advocacy groups will follow.
Those of you going to General Assembly in Portland, OR, in June will be able to join other UUs in a Climate Justice Public Witness event. June 2015: Climate Justice Public Witness Event at UUA General Assembly in Portland.
Some of you know that there is a drop box at church for electronics such as cell phones, iPods, printer cartridges and more. Well, good news! For years we have been shipping these items for recycling to Colorado…now there is an e-recycler right here in Kalamazoo so we can keep our footprint low and our business local! Go to http://www.emerald-ecycling.com/ for location, hours, and a list of many, many items that can be recycled, including computers! See Kimberly Ginn at church if you have questions.