Strengthen Local Climate Commitments

Summary

The Create Climate Justice – Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign takes the wisdom of “Think Globally, Act Locally” and brings neighbors together across the United States into Climate Action that matters from Pittsburgh to Paris to Phnom Penh and does so with an equity and justice focus.

Half of the US population and 800 Unitarian Universalist Congregations are in communities where Mayors and Governors have promised to achieve Climate Commitments.

The Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign provides resources and peer support for UUs to find out how their local elected representatives are doing on their climate commitments. The SLCC Toolkit includes how to put equity and justice into the climate planning objectives and outcomes. All communities need local involvement to aspire higher so that humanity can realize a Just Transition to an ecological civilization and not exceed the 1.5°C global warming threshold.

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SLCC Toolkit Now Available! – Download from
CreateClimateJustice.net / Search Resources, using “SLCC TOOLKIT”

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Monthly collaboration calls are held every first Wednesday of the month.
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Learn About SLCC –

Monday, June 29,  2020, 8:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Overview
Wednesday, July 1, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Collaboration Call
Thursday, July 2,  2020,  3:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Overview
Thursday, July 9, 2020, 3:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Overview
Monday, July 13, 2020, 8:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Overview
Wednesday, August 5, 2020,  8:00 pm Eastern – SLCC Collaboration Call

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Past Calls – SLCC Overviews – Metrics

Collaboration notes, audio recordings, training resources & metrics will be posted online.

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Background

In defiance to the Trump Administration’s attempt to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and UU Ministry For Earth (UUMFE) signed on to the “We Are Still In” declaration along with 3900 cities and organizations across the United States to honor the country’s commitments to the Paris Climate agreement with or without the federal government. The We Are Still In pledge includes a commitment to responsible engagement in climate policy.

Since 2018, the UUA and UUMFE have also co-sponsored the Create Climate Justice initiative and launched the CreateClimateJustice.net community organizing platform.

Create Climate Justice has three current priority focus areas:

  1. Strengthening Unitarian Universalist communications and mutual support networks for Climate Justice
  2. Mobilizing UUs in solidarity with Indigenous front-line communities
  3. Supporting the Just Transition to an ecological civilization through partnerships and civic engagement

The Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign fits into the first and third priority areas of Create Climate Justice by providing resources and a mutual support network for UUs involved in local civic engagement to “act on climate” and catalyze a Just Transition to an ecological civilization.

The SLCC Goals Are:

1. Climate Justice and Equity – Empower frontline communities at the table, before and during the planning and throughout implementation.  Achieve an economic and ecologic Just Transition
2. Partner – Your elected representatives have pledged to take climate action.  Working with them and your community members will strengthen and accelerate climate efforts
3. Prepare – Adapt, Improve Resiliency and Expand Disaster Preparedness
4. Network and Movement Build – To strengthen and further the goals of CreateClimateJustice.net and contribute to collective national efforts.
5. Act Locally Think Globally – Your local actions have a positive ripple effect globally.
6. Be Visible – Build broad awareness about widespread climate action, aspire to higher local objectives; inspire broad engagement in the Climate Movement – “All of the Above” Actions.
7. Advance Social Justice – Climate Action co-benefits the social justice principles UUs try to live, such as the Sustainable Development Goals


More on the Strengthen Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign:

Take Action: Thank Your Mayor For Climate Leadership

August 8th, 2020 Doris MarlinWhile the climate crisis is global, taking action locally is one of the most effective ways to create a lasting impact. The Strengthening Local Climate Commitments (SLCC) campaign is a powerful avenue for UUs to create a just transition through supporting ambitious climate commitments and holding officials accountable through civic engagement and partnership. By working…
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Unitarian Universalist Church of Lincoln is Inspiring Example of Local Climate Commitment

May 29th, 2019 UUMFEThe Unitarian Universalist Church of Lincoln Green Sanctuary committee members are not short on accomplishments.  They’ve been advising on the Mayor’s Environmental Task Force on Land Use, Water, Waste and Transportation since long before Lincoln committed to achieve a 26% greenhouse gas reduction below 2005 levels by 2025.  That is the baseline commitment made by…
Members of the First Universalist Church of Denver hosting Interfaith Green Building Conference; Responding to Climate Change (L-R John Bringenberg, Hillary Moreland, Toni Nading, Tom Abood) WASI signatories, celebrating 1-Year Anniversary

Carbon Free at First Universalist Church of Denver

May 29th, 2019 UUMFEThe First Universalist Church of Denver and their Green First Task Force has minimized their congregation footprint with a constructed carbon positive building. They put more energy back on the grid than they use with a combination of geothermal heating, solar panels, energy efficient lighting, and reclaimed and environmentally sustainable building materials. Their commitment also…
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