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Climate Action Team Meeting ~ No Meeting in July

Climate Action Team Notice

Gardens — Summer’s beauty and bounty! We hope you will check out the Children’s Organic Garden on the lower level. Every year we work with Religious Education (RE) to plant a garden. It needs to be weeded and watered during the summer months, so we ask that people sign up for a week of garden tending. You can harvest and eat anything that is ripe and ready during your week. Sign-up sheet is on the bulletin board in the Garden Level RE area. There may still be a few weeks not yet filled.

Climate Action Team (CAT). One thing we love about Unitarian Universalism is the Seventh Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Here at UUS:E, we have done so much to help mitigate climate change as you know: Geothermal heating, solar electric, energy-saving bulbs, recycling, non-toxic cleaners, etc. But there is always more we can and must do. The Climate Action Team is working on various ways to learn more, influence others, and generally live our faith of caring for the Earth by working to prevent climate change. At the June 5th meeting, Nevin Ounpuu-Adams, UUS:E member and VA Tech student, was our guest speaker. He spoke of visiting WVA where they are removing mountain tops for coal as well as “fracking” (hydraulic fracturing) for natural gas. The water is so contaminated it is unusable and not potable. He spoke about these and other very sobering issues. He is an environmental activist and is especially focusing on “Divestment,” encouraging individuals and groups to divest from any investments in fossil fuels. If you see him, thank him for his work and dedication!   Feel free to join us at our monthly meetings on the first Thursday at 7 P.M. Please note there will be no CAT meeting in July. Next meeting will be August 7.

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL.) This group is an affiliate of the CAT discussed above, committed to addressing climate change at the national level. Specifically, the CCL is working to convince congress to pass a revenue-neutral carbon tax. CCL is an international organization, non-partisan, not affiliated with any religion. Our group is newly formed and is the Manchester Chapter of CCL. We are pleased to report that last month our chapter sent a total of forty letters to congress members via the US mail! Also, five Letters to the Editor were published in local papers. The revenue-neutral carbon tax reflects the real cost of carbon in our atmosphere; the funds would be returned to households, not treated the same as other taxes. If you wish to get a better understanding of this, go to www.citizensclimatelobby.org. Our meetings are usually on the second Friday from 3-5 P.M. in Room 2, garden level. Contact Janet Heller if you are interested janet.heller@snet.ne t and to be sure when the next meeting is scheduled.

Sustainable Living Committee (SLC.). The regular monthly meetings are on the second Tuesday, but there will be no meeting of the SLC in July. The next meeting will be August 12 and it will be our annual summer potluck focusing on locally grown produce. If you think you might be interested in our committee, please join us for this fun summer meeting. More details will be forthcoming in the August newsletter.

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 860-646-5151 or uuse153@sbcglobal.net.