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Repair Revolution

We live in a “throw-away society” where products are manufactured, used up, and discarded. But the reality is there is no “away”—this waste ends up in landfills, often polluting low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. To remedy this situation, volunteer tinkerers and “fixperts” are forging the Repair Revolution, choosing to repair broken items instead of tossing them out. Do you have a household item that needs fixing? The SLC hopes to host an online Zoom “Repair Cafe” where simple repairs are discussed and demonstrated. Let us know what needs fixing and we’ll do the research! Contact Jay Stewart for more information: jstewart@hartford.edu.

Climate Conversations

IREJN (Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network) will be hosting an online “Climate Conversation with Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe” on Thursday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. This event is part of an ongoing series of discussions and workshops related to climate change. The talk will focus on individual and collective action that participants can take within their communities. Rev. Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy while Dr. Katharine Hayhoe co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech where her research focuses on evaluating the impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. To register, visit: https://irejn.org/climate-conversations-with-rev-lennox-yearwood-and-dr-katherine-hayhoe-thursday-feb-4/ Be sure to check Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network’s website for upcoming webinars: https://www.irejn.org

Climate Emergency Resolution

Citizens Climate Lobby is working with Connecticut cities and towns to help them draft Climate Emergency Resolutions—documents that declare there is a climate emergency and describe actions the cities and towns will take to help mitigate, halt, or reverse climate change. CCL encourages the municipalities to include support for carbon fee and dividend legislation, such as HR 763 (Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act) in the Resolutions. The Climate Emergency Resolutions will be used to promote state climate legislation and Congressional support for HR 763 or similar legislation.

Fun Food Fact: Holy Cow!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. (source: “Risk Assessment Evaluation for Confined Animal Feeding Operations,” EPA, May 2004.)

Repair Revolution

We live in a “throw-away society” where products are manufactured, used up, and discarded. But the reality is there is no “away”—this waste ends up in landfills, often polluting low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. To remedy this situation, volunteer tinkerers and “fixperts” are forging the Repair Revolution, choosing to repair broken items instead of tossing them out. Do you have a household item that needs fixing? The SLC hopes to host an online Zoom “Repair Cafe” where simple repairs are discussed and demonstrated. Let us know what needs fixing and we’ll do the research! Contact Jay Stewart for more information: jstewart@hartford.edu.

Climate Conversations

IREJN (Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network) will be hosting an online “Climate Conversation with Rev. Lennox Yearwood and Dr. Katherine Hayhoe” on Thursday, February 4, 7:00 – 8:30 PM. This event is part of an ongoing series of discussions and workshops related to climate change. The talk will focus on individual and collective action that participants can take within their communities. Rev. Yearwood has been successfully bridging the gap between communities of color and environmental issue advocacy while Dr. Katharine Hayhoe co-directs the Climate Center at Texas Tech where her research focuses on evaluating the impacts of climate change on human society and the natural environment. To register, visit: https://irejn.org/climate-conversations-with-rev-lennox-yearwood-and-dr-katherine-hayhoe-thursday-feb-4/ Be sure to check Inter-religious Eco-Justice Network’s website for upcoming webinars: https://www.irejn.org

Climate Emergency Resolution

Citizens Climate Lobby is working with Connecticut cities and towns to help them draft Climate Emergency Resolutions—documents that declare there is a climate emergency and describe actions the cities and towns will take to help mitigate, halt, or reverse climate change. CCL encourages the municipalities to include support for carbon fee and dividend legislation, such as HR 763 (Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act) in the Resolutions. The Climate Emergency Resolutions will be used to promote state climate legislation and Congressional support for HR 763 or similar legislation.

Fun Food Fact: Holy Cow!

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a dairy farm with 2,500 cows produces the same amount of waste as a city of 411,000 people. (source: “Risk Assessment Evaluation for Confined Animal Feeding Operations,” EPA, May 2004.)

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Green Tip

This is a tip from Paul. Thinking of making your own compost bin? One way to do it is to use some type of barrel or drum such that you can roll it instead of having to reach in with a garden fork to turn the compost. The downside is you do not have the option of allowing the bottom to be more decomposed and pull compost from there for your garden, because there is only an opening at the top. The upside is it is so easy to stir.

I thought I was going to use a 30-gallon trash can, but I found for about the same price I could get this 30-gallon barrel made to transport hazardous waste containers. It’s just like an unusually hefty trash can, but with a screw top! I bought it, drilled holes in the bottom and sides, and I had a compost bin.

Of course, if you can find a barrel of some kind that is not being used, instead of buying one, that is even better for the environment and your budget.

Here is a link to see some barrels, including the one I used. If you don’t like Amazon, there are lots of other places to get barrels:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=hazardous+waste+barrel

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.