Climate Week in New York City includes many events for climate justice. Here are a few highlights:
Pregame Climate week
End the Era of Fossil Fuels Summer Bridge: Elected Officials
Before the actual NYC gathering, we are working with Side with Love and other UU partners to support the People vs. Fossil Fuels campaign to ending the era of fossil fuels. By centering frontline Black, Indigenous and people of the global majority and poor communities stories, leadership, and decision-making, we are all working to confront the forces of white supremacy, colonialism, and extractive industry. Join the latest efforts to demand Biden use his executive powers to end the era of fossil fuels and declare a climate emergency! Pledge yourself, and engage your electeds to pledge to stop the expansion of fossil fuels
- Use this toolkit to reach out to your local elected officials.
- If your Congressperson says yes or is interested in information, send them the pledge.
- Interest form: https://tinyurl.com/interestform-pledge
- Upload form:https://tinyurl.com/upload-form-pledge
- Pledge: https://tinyurl.com/pledge-electeds
Climate Week Events
NYC March to End the Era of Fossil Fuels
If you’re in the New York City area and want to join the march on September 17, contact Rev. Peggy Clarke at email@example.com or via Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/nycclimatemarch2023/.
RSVP with Green Faith as part of the PVFF Faith Hub for 9/17 here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/march-end-fossil-fuels?source=direct_link&referrer=group-greenfaith
FYI 9/17 UU specific link that you can share – https://actionnetwork.org/events/faith-hub-the-march-to-end-fossil-fuels/?source=UU
Join UUMFE For a Green Festival
We Imagine. We Create. An Environmental Festival.
As NYC wraps up Climate Week, join Unitarian Universalists for a time to celebrate the week, lament what’s still left to be done, and imagine what is possible to create.
Saturday, September 23, 2023| Fourth Universalist Society| 160 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
- 1:00 – 4:00 pm: Storytelling, Arts and Crafts, Live Music, Information Booths, Play, Meditation & Mindful Earth Centered Practices
- 4:00 – 5:00 pm: Jazz Vespers Worship Service. Come in-person or view it online.
- Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/8972538131
- Order of Service
- Worship leaders include:
- Rev. Dr. Jonipher Kwong (Interim Minister at Fourth Universalist Society),
- Rev. Kelly Dignan and Rev. Daniel Lawlor (Co-Directors, UU Ministry for Earth)
- Rev. Petra Thombs (Minister, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau)
- Rev. Andrée Cornelia Mol (Minister, Central Unitarian Church in Westwood, NJ)
- Dr. Nori Rost (Leader, The New York Society for Ethical Culture)
- Rev. Galen Guengerich (Sr. Minister, Unitarian Church of All Souls, New York City)
- Karishma Gottfried (Student at Union Theological Seminary)
- Rev. Leonisa Ardizzone (Consulting Minister, UU Ministry for Earth)
- Robert Buonaspina (Director of Music, Fourth Universalist Society)
This is an all ages event. Childcare for ages three and under offered from 2:00 – 6:00 pm.
This is thanks to the powerful partnership between The New York State Convention of Universalists, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, New York UU Justice, Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York, and All Souls New York. In addition to being live in New York in September 2023, we hosted a series of forums relating to spirituality and climate crisis which you can see below.
After Climate Week
Climate Week Debrief
October 3, 2023
7:00 pm ET / 6:00 CT / 5:00 MT / 4:00 PT
What happened at Climate Week – in New York City and beyond? Join Side with Love, UU Ministry for Earth, UUs for Social Justice, and UU Service Committee to debrief the events that led up to and took place during Climate Week 2023. We’ll share stories, reflect on victories, lament what’s left to do, and learn what comes next in our collective work for climate justice. Join us to metabolize it all!
A Deeper Dive into Environmental Issues
As Widening the Circle of Concern: The Report of the UUA Commission on Institutional Change invites, “We need to put greater emphasis on what it means to be bound to one another in an interdependent web.”
Enjoy some of our recent panel discussions here:
Fossil Fuel Divestment and Faith Communities
Members of the The Presbyterian Church (USA) have been in a multi-year movement to promote fossil fuel divestment in their tradition. What can Unitarian Universalists learn about this method and experience? Click the panel below to learn more!
Disaster Response: Community Care and Climate Adaptation
How have congregations in California, New York and Louisiana responded to the reality of extreme weather and climate disruption over the last ten years? How can the UUA assist during moment of disaster crisis? Click the panel below to learn more!
Spirituality and Climate Crisis:
What spiritual habits can be grounding for varied leaders- from ministers to students- in the face of the Climate Crisis?
Fighting Climate Change: Global Student Movements
Learn from Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and Pacific Island Students Fighting Climate Change on potential collaborative responses and calls to action at the International Court in the face of ongoing climate disruption.
Unitarian Universalist Statement on Climate Forced Displacement:
Climate Disaster Response for UUs Toolkit and videos:
UUA Disaster Relief Fund: