Green Sanctuary News

Climate Change Resolution

At UUSE’s Annual Meeting on May 19, 2019, the following resolution in support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act* (EICDA) was passed unanimously by all present:

Whereas the Sustainable Living Committee proposed the following resolution to be voted on and agreed to by the Congregation of UUS: E; and

Whereas the UUS: E Policy Board reviewed and approved the proposed resolution.

Therefore, it is resolved, on this 19th day of May 2019, that the Unitarian Universalist Society: East supports the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, and encourages our members of Congress to endorse and support its passage. This endorsement is public and shows our desire for a speedy, comprehensive and lasting national solution that will quickly bring down carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate the transition to a clean energy economy with dividends to all Americans that will especially help low and middle income families. We do this to stop the ever-growing crisis from climate change and to provide a livable planet for our children and future generations and for all life as we know it on this planet.

After learning that the UUA had passed a resolution endorsing the EICDA, members of the Sustainable Living Committee, who had also been active with Citizens Climate Lobby, presented the information to Rev. Pawelek and the Policy Board, both of whom endorsed it. Then they made several presentations for UUSE members in preparation for the congregational vote on May 19th.

*https://energyinnovationact.org/

No-Cost Solar Panels

Trinity Solar has an agreement with UUS:E to provide no-cost solar panels for qualifying UUS:E member homes. Many of us have already signed up for a site visit, which provides UUS:E with $100 whether we qualify or not. For those who do qualify, and who go on to have an installation set up, UUS:E will receive $1000. Sign up here: Visit Trinity Solar to get started. Questions, ask: David Luchetti.

Planting for Pollinators and Other Beneficials – June 5 at 6 PM

Getting down to Earth, Mary Lawrence held a Compost Making Workshop on May 8 in our Peas and Love garden and had about 20 people show up to learn the process! NEXT garden workshop: Planting for Pollinators and Other Beneficials on June 5, 6:00 PM.

Movie Night: The Devil We Know—The Chemistry of A Cover-Up, June 14, 7 PM

Come out on Friday, June 14, at 7:00 PM, to a film showing of The Devil We Know—The Chemistry of A Cover-Up with vegan snacks. https://thedevilweknow.com/

Meet with Us, June 11, 7 PM

The Sustainable Living Committee meets on the second Tuesday evening each month at 7:00 PM and welcomes newcomers. Our next meeting is June 11.

Potluck Picnic, August 13, 6 PM

We will NOT meet in July this summer, but invite you to come to a special potluck/picnic meeting starting at 6:00 PM on August 13 downstairs and out back.

Equal Exchange Products

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 the office at uuseoffice@uuse.org. A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. More information about Equal Exchange Products,

click here. http://uuse.org/community/social-justice-activities-and-concerns/social-justice/equalexchangeinterfaithstore

Looking for some good books?

Here are some that might be of interest. The first one is by our friend Mary Lawrence of Well On Wheels. Mary is a vegan chef and tells a compelling story about her journey into veganism. Her new book is titled, Eat Vegan With Me: Creating Community through Conversation and Compassionate Cuisine. In addition to delicious recipes and menu plans, she gives reasons to eat vegan, including for health, for the environment, and for compassion toward animals. The book is available from Amazon.

UU Ministry for Earth has an offer for a FREE book! Author and minister Rev. Jane Dwinell is offering free copies of her book Freedom Through Frugality to interested UUs while supplies last. From the book’s introduction: “The world needs frugality right now. We are living beyond the means of the earth—spending more resources annually than can be restored, regenerated or replaced. Experts agree that moderating the quantity and resource intensity of our consumption is a key to our survival.”

Contact Rev. Jane at janedwinell@gmail.com with the subject “Freedom Through Frugality,” and include a mailing address in your message.

This Blessed Earth by Ted Genoways follows a Nebraska farm family for a year. This is a gripping story about one farm family whose property is in the way of the Keystone XL pipeline. The book helps us understand how farming has changed since World War II. The USDA, seed companies, chemical companies, farm equipment companies, irrigation systems, banks, and others impact how farmers grow our food.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is a 17-year old indigenous climate activist and hip-hop artist. He has recently written a book, We Rise, the Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet. He is also one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the federal government, Juliana v. United States. Our Children’s Trust and Earth Guardians are suing the government for violating their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property by engaging in actions that cause climate change. SLC, RE and Rev. Josh will be highlighting this issue in a multi-gen service on Earth Day.

To borrow any of these books, contact 860-646-5151 or uuseoffice@uuse.org.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) Changes Name and Meeting Place.

The Manchester chapter of CCL is now The Greater Hartford Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. The name change reflects the growth of our Manchester CCL chapter and desire to include more people from the whole capitol region. We are now meeting at Goodwin College on Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT. GPS set to 195 Riverside Drive—the first smaller building on the right—Room 201. We will continue to meet every 4th Thursday of the month at 7 PM.

Farmers Market opens in Manchester. The Spruce Street Market will be open for business every Wednesday evening from June 21 through October 4 from 5 to 8 PM. Local produce from local farmers. Check out our Vegan Recipes: http://uuse.org/sustainable-living/vegan-recipes and enjoy those veggies while doing your part for Mother Earth. Remember you can still get a CSA Membership and a steady supply of local, organic produce by joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). A few farms in the state offer CSA memberships and these tend to sell out, so find which ones are near you at http://ctnofa.org/CSAs.htm

Got a Green Thumb? Even without one you can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You may find people already there to work with you.

A Good Read is New York Times best seller Climate of Hope: How Cities, Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet by Michael Bloomberg, former New York City Mayor and Carl Pope, Sierra Club former executive director . https://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/overheated/

Equal Exchange Products

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 the office at uuseoffice@uuse.org. A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. We will have boxes of six available without pre-ordering for $8.50. More information about Equal Exchange Products, click here.