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.

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 leaders are doing on their climate commitments — and then to help them 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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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 3800 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.


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

Unitarian Church of Lincoln Nebraska Green Sanctuary Committee Members boldly show their 96 Rooftop Solar Panels, (John Riley, Curt Donaldson), also members of Lincoln’s Environmental Task Force for We Are Still In (Photographer Linda R. Brown)

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…

Climate Flash Choir performs Hallelujah

April 11th, 2019 UUMFEThis precious web of life on earth Inheritance of all at birth Has every blessing freely given to you It's a fragile, holy ground A treasure to be handed down Our overflowing hearts sing hallelujah Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Hallelujah. On March 20 the Climate Flash Choir performed at the San Antonio City Council in an effort…
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