Green Sanctuary News

Sustainable Living Committee (and Climate Action Team)

  • Next SLC/CAT meeting is Tuesday, 5/12 in Room 2 at 7 PM. The next Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) meeting is Thursday, 5/21 at 7 PM.
  • RE Garden helpers needed. When? Sunday 5/3, 5/10, and 5/31. If you can help on any of these days, please let Anne Vaughan know (or sign up on RE’s list downstairs). Also Gina will have a sign-up sheet for the summer.
  • CAT People! Join CT’s Climate March on 5/31 with other local activists. Rally at noon at the Capitol and then march to Riverfront Park for the Hartford Earth Festival, where there will be many fun activities for adults and children until 5 PM. More info:
  • The UUA-endorsed Commit2Respond just finished its “Climate Justice Month” with daily readings and activities to increase one’s sense of connections to the Earth, its ecosystems, and disadvantages groups that are especially susceptible to the damage created by climate change. The short readings and activities are stimulating and can be found here:
  • Speaking of stimulating readings, Tim DeChristopher (of Bidder 70 fame and now studying at Harvard to be a UU minister) just wrote a good article in Yes Magazine. It is well worth reading. This link should take you to it.

Climate Change Could Be Affecting Your Morning “Cuppa Joe”

Coffee-leaf rust is devastating the farms of Central America. What is this “rust” and what is it doing to the coffee plants? First, a little explanation about the plant. Coffee beans are actually the seeds inside of a bright red fruit called a “coffee cherry.” When coffee farmers see an abundance of bright red cherries they know their farms are healthy and will produce an abundance of coffee.

Unfortunately for the past three years they are seeing fewer and fewer cherries. In some cases the crops were 80% smaller! A plant-choking fungus called coffee rust, la roya, has swept across Central America. It destroys the coffee cherries and eventually kills the trees. Climate change has created the conditions that allow the disease to thrive and spread.

Equal Exchange

So, what can we do about it? We can buy more Equal Exchange coffee at our table in the lobby on the second Sunday of each month! Ten cents for every pound purchased since June 1, 2014 through May, 2015, will go to the Red Cherry Fund. Farmer co-ops are working hard to develop innovative and sustainable strategies for building healthy farms, and Equal Exchange is working with them. The money raised in the Red Cherry Challenge will provide small grants to farmers as they strive for solutions.

Our next sale date is Sunday, 5/10. See you then!

Coming Events:

Save the date: Sun. May 31, noon to 5:00 PM:

Hartford Climate March (noon to 1:00 PM) and Earth Festival (1:00 PM to 5:00 PM) with special rates and climate exhibitions at the CT Science Center from 10 AM. There will be magic, music, food and much more. Go to for more details.

Summer Jobs that help your Mother Earth. There are many possibilities. The following sources are described on page 18 of the EDF Solutions Journal, which is located at:

Don’t overlook CT’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection college internships: and Appalachian Mountain Club’s trail volunteers at:

*Reminder: Equal Exchange products are available in the meetinghouse lobby on the second Sunday of the month. They are organic and fair trade. If you would like to order a full case of Single-Serve Cups from Equal Exchange, contact Kat Dargan at A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50.