Unitarian Universalists joined the millions of others around the world who came out for the youth-led Global Climate Strikes September 20 through September 27. Following the lead of their youth groups, UUs across the country responded with urgency and commitment. As we celebrate what we achieved, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. Let’s continue to build together.

Join the webinar on Wednesday, October 16th at 7 Eastern / 5 pm Pacific to learn about the next steps and how UUs can be part of growing this movement. We’ll hear from UU youth leaders, climate justice organizers, and movement partners.

We will hear from local, regional and national leaders on the impacts of the Climate Strikes, explore new opportunities, and reaffirm ways to create a sustainable economy for our climate and a just transition for our people. This will be a lively conversation and learning opportunity. Please register to join us live or be notified when the recording is available.

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We know that the guiding principles of our faith and our campaigns for justice are unattainable in the face of widespread climate injustice and chaos. The current US government and many state governments sanction state violence to protect the fossil fuel industry gains and criminalize water protectors, climate protesters, and indigenous peoples. It persecutes climate refugees through cruel, harsh immigration policies. It perpetuates environment racism. We are called to engage this at every level possible. We can bring our vision, our resources, and our selves into a relationship with communities most impacted who are leading the way into sustainable and equitable futures.

The Youth Climate Strike coalition has issued a set of concrete demands. Use these demands to guide your electoral work — which must be one of our strategies for achieving justice.

As Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray wrote after the strikes: “I’m so proud and moved to see the many ways and many places that Unitarian Universalists showed up for the youth-led #GlobalClimateStrike. Following the leadership of young people, whose lives will be deeply impacted by our patterns of consumption and extraction today, we faithfully embodied our values in what is likely the largest climate action in history. Onward, friends!”

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