Create Climate Justice Net Launch Date (re)set to World Biodiversity Day – May 22, 2018

A picture of a forest with words overlayed: "Coming May 22nd - World Biodiversity Day - CreateClimateJustice.net - A new Unitarian Universalist platform for education, networking, and organizing for climate and environmental justice, provided by UU Ministry for earth and the UUA"Dear Reader,

For many months, a small dedicated team of UU Ministry for Earth and Unitiarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff, contractors, and volunteer visionaries have been collaborating to build a new platform intended to radically catalyze and support our Climate and Environmental Justice ministries. It is called Create Climate Justice Net (CCJnet) and it will go live on May 22nd at CreateClimateJustice.net.

You may have heard us say that May 14th (today) is when the Create Climate Justice Net will launch. We decided to move our launch date to May 22nd for three reasons:

  1. May 22nd is World Biodiversity Day, which feels like a very appropriate day to launch. After all, the first principle of Environmental Justice established by the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, is:

    Environmental Justice affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.

  2. The second reason is that we are not quite ready to launch today. We are still working out a few things that we need to accomplish before we open up the platform. One of these things — which is very exciting! — is that we have just brought onboard a new part-time Outreach Specialist for CCJnet, Diane Brooks, who some of you may know from her work with the Northwest UU Justice Network as their communications coordinator. Diane just joined the team last week, so she is still getting her bearings and we are all working out our process for providing support and consultation to new members joining Create Climate Justice Net.
  3. The third reason is that today is an important day in the Poor People’s Campaign’s 40 Days of Moral Action! In the spirit of solidarity and mutuality, we hope that you will celebrate today — not as the day that Create Climate Justice Net goes live — but as the day that our UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, and many other people of faith and conscience participate in non-violent moral direct action at the US capitol and at forty state capitals around the US. Each week, until June 23rd, the Poor People’s Campaign will be engaing in moral direct action, educational teach-ins, song and worship, uplifting a different theme each week. This week the theme is SOMEBODY’S HURTING OUR PEOPLE: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty. Find out more about the weekly themes, or find an event near you, on the campaign website. For folks who cannot travel to participate in one of the events taking place today in-person, you can tune in via LiveStream on the Poor People’s Campaign’s Facebook (no need to have an account).You can also learn more and stay updated about UUA participation as an endorser and active participant in the Poor People’s Campaign, at this page on the UUA website.

I hope that you will mark your calendars for May 22nd and join the waitlist for Create Climate Justice Net to stay tuned for updates and a notice about when the site goes live:

JOIN THE WAITLIST

In gratitude, solidarity, and faith,


Aly Tharp
UU Ministry for Earth Program Director

Aly Tharp
Aly Tharp
Aly Tharp is the program director at the UU Ministry for Earth and has been with UUMFE since 2014, initially serving as the network coordinator for the UU Young Adults for Climate Justice. Aly lives in Austin, Texas, and in their free time is an arts-activist and community organizer supporting a local food forest on public parkland and Gulf South climate justice movements.