CAC – Climate Action Campaign
Special Film screening Event: Monday December 5th, 7-9pm on Zoom
For December’s Climate Action of the Month, please join the CAC members on Zoom for a screening of “The Street Project” : A documentary about making our streets safer for walking and biking. Since 2009, pedestrian deaths across the nation have risen by 51%, and locally we’ve seen far too many tragedies. Colin Fiske of the Coalition for Responsible Transportation Priorities will join us to talk about what his organization is doing locally and invite our support for their efforts. We hope you’ll join us for an inspiring event and join the effort to make our streets safer and to reduce transportation’s impact on global warming!
Meetings: Every 2nd Sunday of the Month at 1 pm.
Join the next meeting on Zoom – Sunday December 11 @ 1pm
Scroll to the bottom to find State & Federal Contact info
Chair : Sue Y. Lee Mossman – We in the Climate Action Campaign (CAC) seek to inform and educate ourselves and others of critical climate crisis 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 crisis.
The climate crisis 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 crisis and promote the eco-health of this place. We seek to respond to climate crisis 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 crisis. 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:
- 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.
- Since 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.
- 2022 Recorded CAC Sponsored Webinars
- We conducted 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 crisis 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.
- Through the use of MIT’s En-Roads interactive climate model, we can inform ourselves about the projected effects of specific actions on future global temperatures. This tool can help us decide the individual climate actions we can put our personal efforts into, and prioritize the climate policies we should keep pushing for with our legislators. Here is the link to background info on En-Roads
https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/ and here’s the actual link where anyone can play with solutions
- 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 was honored in Fall, 2021 as a “Congregational Highlight” by the California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) for climate action work.
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.
The announcement was emailed to about 5500 readers in over 700 congregations who are committed to addressing climate change as a moral issue.
For more information about California Interfaith Power and Light –https://www.interfaithpower.org/history-mission/
To receive the IPL newsletter, you can sign up at https://tinyurl.com/3sb629vv
Being a member congregation, HUUF’s website is also listed on the CIPL website https://www.interfaithpower.org
Contact Info for Our State & Federal Legislators
Humboldt County Supervisors
1st District – Rex Bohn
707-476-2391 | email@example.com
2nd District – Michelle Bushnell
707-476-2392 | firstname.lastname@example.org
3rd District – Mike Wilson
707-476-2393 | email@example.com
4th District – Virginia Bass
707-476-2394 | firstname.lastname@example.org
5th District – Steve Madrone
707-476-2395 | email@example.com
Governor Newsom www.newsom.gov
1021 O Street, Suite 9000
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
State Assembly District 2
Humboldt/Del Norte/Trinity: Eureka Office:
1036 5th Street 1036 5th St., Suite D
Eureka, CA 95501 Eureka, CA 95501
Tel: (707) 445-7014 Phone: 707-445-6508
Fax: (707) 445-6607 Fax: 707-445-6511
State Capitol: State Capitol:
P.O. Box 942849 1303 10th Street, Room 5061
Sacramento, CA 94249-0002 Sacramento, CA 95814
Tel: (916) 319-2002 Phone: 916-651-4002
Fax: (916) 319-2102 Fax: 916-651-4902
President of the U.S.
President Joseph Biden https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) Alex Padilla (D-CA)
112 Hart Senate Office Building B03 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3841 Phone: 202-224-3553
One Post Street, Suite 2450 333 Bush Street, Suite 3225
San Francisco CA 94104 San Francisco, CA 94104
Jared Huffman (D-CA)
317 Third St., Suite 1
Eureka CA 95501
House of Representatives
1406 Longworth House Office Building
Washington DC 20515