Sustainability issues can be a bit overwhelming.
That is why it’s such a joy to participate in our Sustainable Living Committee! Our first CAT (Climate Action Team) meeting on February 6th drew 15 people who are ready to take action on many issues. I hope many more will join us at our March 6th meeting at 7 P.M. Contact our office for more info and to get on the CAT email list. Also be sure to look at the UUUnited Nations website where you will find a wealth of information: http://climate.uu-uno.org/. We’re also becoming involved with Citizens Climate Lobby, a national organization. Learn more about that here: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/.
One local legislative issue that people should be aware of is preventing fracking waste from being dumped in Connecticut. At a press conference on February 18th several legislators spoke about the dangers of fracking waste. Vermont has already passed a ban on the waste and Massachusetts is considering it, so it would be great if Connecticut also passes a ban on it. You can find more information and send a petition to your representative here http:// environmentconnecticut.org/programs/cte/keepfracking- waste-out-connecticut.
Divestment from fossil fuels is expected to be a major issue at the GA in Providence. This is something that individuals, universities, and religious institutions can do. Reinvestment in green energy and socially responsible companies is a positive way to invest our funds. For information on this see the UU Ministry for Earth site: http://uuministryforearth.org/ fossil-fuel-divestment-and-socially-responsibleinvesting.
We screened “Do the Math” on February 23rd. Bill McKibben’s organization gives a lot of great information, and the interviews with Bill Moyers are well worth watching. http://350.org/
Our next movie is one you’ll definitely want to see. On Friday, May 2nd at 7:00 P.M. we’ll be showing “Bidder 70.” As many of you know, Tim DeChristopher was a student in Utah who was sentenced to 2 years in prison for his action to stop oil drilling on federal land. Tim is currently studying at Harvard Divinity School. Here’s his website http:// www.peacefuluprising.org/tim-dechristopher You can see the movie trailer there or on You Tube. Come and tell all your friends to join us for the movie!
The Sustainable Living Committee meets at UUS:E on the second Tuesdays of each month, Please join us at 7:00 pm. For more information about the Sustainable Living Committee, Green Sanctuary, or anything in this article, contact the office at 860-646-5151860-646-5151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.