CLIMATE ACTION CAMPAIGN 

Meetings: Every 2nd Sunday of the Month at 1 pm.

Next Scheduled meeting is for April 11th @ 1 pm

Zoom

Chair : Sue Y. Lee Mossman – We in the Climate Action Campaign seek to inform and educate ourselves and others of critical climate change issues that affect our local area and beyond. We look for actions that we, as individuals and as a congregation, can take to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

 

Climate change is the existential issue that is affecting the survival of our planet. We, as Unitarian Universalists, are committed to a renewed reverence for life and a respect for the interdependent web of all existence. As members of a faith community, climate action is a moral imperative and a moral responsibility for us. We are committed to the moral call to mitigate climate change and promote the eco-health of this place. We seek to respond to climate change issues with just and ethical actions, consistent with our UU values. As part of our commitment to climate justice, we seek to ally with our local indigenous neighbors and other communities who are most impacted by climate change. We strive to have programs and actions that will inform and motivate congregants to make individual, household, and congregational low-carbon lifestyle changes. Our actions are grounded in our collective historical experience with effective grassroots community action. To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 

Some Recent Examples of Past CAC Programs and Activities Include:

Left: HUUF members planting trees as part of a focus on adding some fruit trees near the wing where the children can care for them as part of their religious education program.
Top right: HUUF’s CAC member demonstrating our “Drive 55” bumper sticker.
Lower right: Image from HUUF’s “Big Think and Challenge” climate action of 2019: Titled “Turtle of Hope”, made by children in a workshop in which they learned how to convert plastic snack-food bags into elements of artworks. Now on exhibit in the sanctuary.
  • An all congregational, intergenerational yearlong “Big Think and Challenge” asking members to challenge themselves to live a low-carbon lifestyle, and to create climate related art (of all types) that reflect their feelings and lifestyle changes. See attached photo for examples of art produced. 
  • Sunday worship programs that featured a climate communication expert followed by a “Climate Fair” where ally organizations shared exhibits; a local Native American leader discussing indigenous climate wisdom; and an intergenerational service in 2020 on UU’s climate justice work at UN.
  • Public screenings of documentary film screenings on climate issues: “From Paris to Pittsburgh”, “Reluctant Radical”, and on Zoom, “The Condor and the Eagle”.
  • Engaged HUUF members in a low-carbon transportation raffle incentive for HUUF events. CAC also worked with HUUF’s Caring Committee to develop a carpool program which also serves the homebound. 
  • Sponsored a monthly letter-writing table in 2019-20 (pre-Covid) to help members contact legislators and policy makers on climate issues. CAC continues email alerts to congregants. Various members also advocate for climate protection with oral testimony before many city, county supervisor, and other official meetings.
  • Raised funds (benefit documentary film showings and concerts) to send HUUF youth to 2020 UU/UN climate justice conference in NY. Because of Covid, participants attended remotely. 
  • In 2020, CAC organized/co-sponsored public Zoom webinars on the following: Socially Responsible Investing (organized); Managing Climate Anxiety (co-sponsored); Low-Cost Battery Storage (organized); Communicating about Climate Change (co-sponsored); Attitudes on Offshore Wind Development (co-sponsored); En-Roads, a Role-playing, Climate Action Simulation Game. 

 

Ongoing Activities While We Shelter in Place:

View of HUUF campus from eastern end. Various ecological features visible on the grounds, such as native trees, shrubs and forbs, and overall diversity. In the distance, two demonstration circular raised food-plant beds; in middle distance, compost area is among the conifers; Wisconsin Mound septic system forms the large mound beyond the building. On the east end are the south facing roof top solar panels. Total area about 5 acres, located in rural area in ecologically sensitive bottomland near Jacoby Creek.
  • We are currently conducting a survey of members and friends to learn what our
    Fellowship is doing individually or as a family/household to conserve resources and slow
    climate change caused by the use of fossil fuels.
  • Ongoing “Drive 55 Keep Earth Alive” campaign (distribution of bumper stickers encouraging people to reduce transportation emissions. See attached photo. Efforts at net zero carbon emissions will take longer to achieve. We can do something now to lower them with the millions of vehicles on the road today that are burning fossil fuels. Any effort to reduce carbon emissions now from vehicles already on the road is a plus.
  • Along with the UU Ministry for Earth’s goals to support indigenous peoples who are impacted by our extractive economy in North and South America, CAC is exploring ways that we can also establish appropriate and respectful communications and partnering with our local indigenous neighbors on climate justice issues. These efforts are being impacted by the shelter in place mandate, and are expected to be resumed as soon as possible. 
  • Attendance at critical meetings of the different jurisdictions in Humboldt County to lobby for and/or support climate appropriate actions. 
  • Signing petitions, writing letters, making phone calls, organizing or co-sponsoring virtual events related to climate justice at regional and national levels. 
 

CAC News

  • HUUF is a runner up in the in the Sacred Grounds Steward category in the Interfaith and Power and Light’s 2021 Cool Congregation Challenge

Congratulations to all of us who over the years have put our hearts and UU based values into stewarding our HUUF campus relative to native landscaping and organic gardens; creating and fostering wildlife habitats; promoting water conservation; recycling and composting; and the many energy saving initiatives for all our buildings such as the solar panels, the EV charger, the switch to LED light bulbs, low flush toilets, auto light switches, the Wisconsin mound, and the many others too numerous to mention here. 

 

This was national interdenominational competition sponsored by the Interfaith Power and Light (https://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org) which has 22.000 plus member congregations across the country. The organization, based in Oakland, supports affiliates and individuals across the country in faith-based climate action. As the words of the song written by Shoshana Meira Friedman, “The tide is rising. And so are we”…..(and)…..  “This is where we are called to be.” strongly resonate within us, we are called to continue collaborating with our community allies to aspire and strive to be worthy stewards of the sacred land of the Wiyot on which we are privileged to be located.

 

HUUF is a member congregation of CIPL, a network of almost 700 congregations of all faiths committed to addressing climate change as a moral issue. Congratulations to HUUF and CAC on the selection of HUUF by CIPL as the spring “Congregational Highlight” to be featured in the April, 2021 edition of the CIPL newsletter which is emailed to about 5500 readers in California. To receive the IPL newsletter, you can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/3sb629vv

Being a member congregation, HUUF’s website is now listed on the CIPL website  https://www.interfaithpower.org