Green Sanctuary News

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The Climate Action Team (CAT) — a subgroup of the Sustainable Living Committee–has met twice to determine ways to increase our congregation’s awareness and engagement around climate change. Several CAT members have joined the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL), a national organization whose focus is on grassroots action for climate change legislation, such as a revenue neutral tax on carbon emissions. CAT members are considering holding workshops on gardening, vegetarianism and veganism and solar. We hope to engage others by having occasional letter writing; starting a Cool Congregations carbon footprint reduction program; and presenting a workshop on divestment from fossil fuels. If interested, join us at one of these upcoming CAT meetings: Thursday April 3rd a regional CCL leader will speak about forming a local chapter and other CCL issues; Thursday, May 1st, Stan McMillen will discuss economic aspects of climate change and related policies. Contact janet.heller@snet.net if you have any CAT/CCL questions.

The next film in the climate change series will be “BIDDER 70” May 2nd at 7 p.m. It is about UU ministry student Tim DeChristopher’s civil disobedience and later imprisonment for falsely bidding at a government auction that would have opened pristine federal land in Utah to oil drilling–land that later achieved protected status. To see the movie trailer visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=27vl_VbehIs. There is also a Bill Moyers interview with Tim at this site: http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WCpBkbGS-jY

UUS:E’s Sustainable Living Committee and Religious Education will be at the Audubon Center in Glastonbury’s Earth Day Fair at 10-3 on Saturday, April 26th, which will be a family-oriented, environmentally educational day with a wide variety of displays, activities, demonstrations, booths, entertainment and, of course, food! Information and directions are at http://www.ctaudubon.org/center-atglastonbury/. This will be a fun-filled way to support our RE students.

The RE garden at UUS:E is starting later this year but that won’t affect the wonderful harvest of spring, summer and fall crops. We are starting April 27th and welcome new and experienced volunteers. If you would like to share an hour of your time this spring with children and learn gardening, sign up at the RE bulletin board on the garden level. There are also volunteers needed to water, weed and take home the harvest during summer weeks. For more information contact ellen.castaldini@gmail.com.


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 uuse153@sbcglobal.net.