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Dear Robert,
The chaos of climate change was on full display this past week in the extreme cold weather that hit Texas, the Gulf Coast, and beyond. Both the weather and resulting power and water crises are symptomatic of leaders’ refusal to prioritize sustainability over whatever’s quickest and cheapest.
Our world is changing quickly and often unpredictably. We cannot continue operating as if things will remain as they have always been.

We have seen so much recently how interconnected the issues of climate injustice, food insecurity, and racial inequalities are. And just as the issues are connected, so are the solutions.


The UUA Office at the UN will be looking closely at these connections in our upcoming
Intergenerational Spring Seminar on the theme “All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability.” I’m proud to be leading the planning for this year’s Seminar, hosted in collaboration with UU Ministry for Earth. Make sure you register before March 18!

During the Seminar, participants will develop a deeper understanding of food justice and cultivate skills for individual and community action and engagement throughout the year.


The UU@UN team is thrilled that this year’s Seminar keynote will be from
Soul Fire Farm, an incredible organization that is centered in Afro-Indigenous farming and is committed to sustainability and healing for both the land and the community.

As Unitarian Universalists committed to creating climate justice, I hope you will join us online April 9-11 for the Seminar as part of
Spring for Change – A Season of Sacred Activism, focused on the theme of Pathways to Healing and Regeneration.

Please read on for the latest invitations and updates.


Thank you for reading this newsletter and engaging in the Create Climate Justice initiative.

In faith and solidarity,

Allison Hess

International Engagement Associate, UUA

 
Strengthen UU Communications & Mutual Support Networks
March 20 - May 23
Register today for the special events on March 20!

Spring for Change will get started with a Spring Equinox Worship & Opening Celebration, online at 9am PT / 10 MT / 11 CT / 12 ET, involving ritual, music and special guest speakers. After a short break, UU Ministry for Earth and the UUA Green Sanctuary Program will convene the Whole Earth, Whole Church Congregational Climate Convergence at 11am-2pm PT / 12-3 MT / 1-4 CT / 2-5 ET.

BIPOC Caucus on Climate Justice
Session #2:
Lessons from Justice on Earth
Thursday, March 18 at 5pm PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET

All are welcome to join the second session of the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Caucus on Climate Justice. This caucus is held monthly and the first 5 sessions are open to all, and will include both a BIPOC and a White caucus space. This second session will explore lessons from the book Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom, which was the 2018-19 UUA Common Read.

Learn more about the BIPOC Caucus, which is being convened by Paula Cole Jones and Rashid Shaikh, in collaboration with UU Ministry for Earth, and is inspired by the UU Seventh Principle (respect for the interdependent web of all existence) and the Eighth Principle (accountably dismantle racism and all other oppressions).

Solidarity with Indigenous Frontline Communities
Support the Frontlines Fighting Line 3
UUs are called to continue resistance against the Line 3 tar sands pipeline, and rise up to protect Indigenous treaty rights, waterways and the global climate! Several frontline camps are active on the ground resisting construction, often braving subzero temperatures. Minnesota UU Social Justice Alliance (MUUSJA) is coordinating UU engagement on the
ground in partnership with Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light (MN-IPL). As part of this ongoing solidarity, MUUSJA and partners are co-hosting a series of five virtual tours of frontline camps, streamed from MUUSJA’s Facebook page.

Take Action: Defund Line 3
On March 31, 18 major banks (including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, TD Bank, and CitiBank) will decide whether or not to renew a $2.2 billion loan to Enbridge, the corporation behind Line 3. UUs are called to disrupt this flow of money in solidarity with Indigenous communities as part of a broader strategy of divesting from harm and reinvesting in a Just Transition. UU Young Adults for Climate Justice and partners are mobilizing action days to pressure the banks, every Wednesday between now and March 31.
Make a call anytime or during these action days: March 3, 10, 17, 24.

CALL CHASE BANK using this online tool!
SEND AN EMAIL to Chase executives

Join the “Stop Line 3 – Solidary & Action” group in CreateClimateJustice.Net for more events, resources and calls to action. Find more resources and guides on the UU Ministry for Earth Stop Line 3 page.

Catalyze a Just Transition to an Ecological Civilization
Register Now for the 2021 Intergenerational Spring Seminar!
April 9-11, Online

Register by March 18 for the 2021 all-virtual Intergenerational Spring Seminar, All In for Climate Justice: Food Equity and Sustainability, hosted by the Unitarian Universalist Association Office at the United Nations in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth.

The Seminar will take place online April 9-11, 2021 and aims to instill in Unitarian Universalist youth and adults a commitment to global engagement and the skills to take action locally to address global climate and food justice issues. Learn more here.
Strengthen Local Climate Commitments Monthly Collaboration Call: We Are ALL Texas & Our Public Utilities’ Commissions
Wednesday, March 3 at 5pm PT / 6 MT / 7 CT / 8 ET

Don’t miss this Strengthening Local Commitments Campaign call, featuring Guest Speaker Daisy Pistey-Lyhne of
Climate Cabinet, which provides tech-based climate policy solutions. Pistey-Lyhne will share her experiences organizing to push local utility boards, and help explain what caused the energy failures in Texas. This call will cover how to prepare our communities for energy and other climate-related disasters and why it’s important to know about local utility boards and how they can better represent us. The SLCC Campaign is a step-by-step action guide for enhanced community engagement. Collaboration calls are held on the first Monday of each month.
Sound the Alarm: Sacred People Sacred Faith
Thursday, March 11 at 8am PT / 9 MT / 10 CT / 11 ET

RSVP to the in-person action in Washington, DC

Watch the livestream from the Interfaith Power & Light
(DC.MD.NoVA) Facebook Page

On March 11, UU Ministry For Earth, UUs for Social Justice and Interfaith Power & Light, supported by many faith groups, will be joining the largest-ever multi-faith grassroots global Sacred People Sacred Earth Day of Action for climate justice. UUs and partners will gather at the Washington Monument to sound the alarm with bells, gongs and horns, calling on national leaders to take climate action. The action will be livestreamed, and for those gathering in-person, Covid-safe protocol will be strictly adhered to. This action is co-hosted by UUMFE, UUSJ, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), XRDC Buddhists and Meditators and EcoDharma DC.
Game On! Join the UU Project Drawdown Initiative 2021!
UUs are getting activated in the UU Project Drawdown Initiative 2021 (UU DD 2021), which will support UUs to implement science-based solutions; build relationships and further UU Climate Justice movement with UU climate Justice programs and tools. Start building your congregational team and stay tuned for more details to be announced in mid-March. Learn more by joining an upcoming Project Drawdown 101 Webinar.
Upcoming CreateClimateJustice.net Intro Tour and Q&A Sessions

There are three monthly times when you can catch a live introductory tour of CreateClimateJustice.net, the UU climate justice community networking and resource hub. The registration process has been updated and you will now need to register for the tour to receive the Zoom call link via email:

  • Every 1st Wednesday at 4pm PT / 5 MT / 6 CT / 7 ET  (next: March 3) - Register Here

  • Every 2nd Tuesday at 4pm PT / 5 MT / 6 CT / 7 ET (next: March 9) - Register Here

  • Every 3rd Monday at 5:30pm PT / 6:30 MT / 7:30 CT / 8:30 ET (next: March 15) - Register Here
Do you have a climate/environmental justice event you want shared with UU communities?

Create a free account on CreateClimateJustice.Net, the platform dedicated to UU climate and environmental justice work! From there, you can add your own group’s events and connect with other UUs. Need tech support? Reach out to Diane Brooks, diane@createclimatejustice.net.
Find out more about the platform.

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