Green Sanctuary News

Library of Things

Planning a project this winter but need a specific tool to do the job? No need to go out and buy a new one when you can borrow it instead! That’s the idea behind the UUS:E Library of Things (LoT). The Sustainable Living Committee recently sent out a survey soliciting interest in becoming a borrower or lender for household items. Anyone can participate, and the cost is FREE! You just need to sign up. The LoT can help save money, reduce our congregation’s impact on the environment, and build community among our members and friends. To learn more, go to http://www.uuse.org/sustainableliving/LoT/.

Climate Resistance

On Nov 29 and Dec 6, young people and adults all across the United States and around the world continued the momentum from the September 20 Climate Strike to demand action to address the climate crisis. Protests and rallies were also held in Madrid, Spain at the 2019 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP25. World leaders met over two weeks to hash out a plan, but experts called their efforts insufficient to fend off climate change’s catastrophic effects. We need to demand more and take action now! A new tool published by 350.org has published a guide on the next steps: The Climate Resistance Handbook or I was Part of a Climate Action! Now What?

If you are interested in joining a brief discussion group on this free book (67 pages), please contact Jay/John Stewart in the UUS:E Directory.

Citizens’ Climate Lobby update

The Greater Hartford chapter of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) meets every second Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 at the Unitarian Society of Hartford. At the December meeting, CCL notified participants of the status of the proposed Killingly Energy Center (KEC) natural gas plant. The planned KEC will increase Connecticut’s dependence on fossil fuels and endorse the use of fracking to recover gas. CCL and the SLC oppose the KEC and propose alternative energy solutions that focus on renewable energy generation and community partnerships that foster energy security and reduce grid demand. All are encouraged to contact Gov. Ned Lamont to pause this project and research solutions that better integrate zero emissions  targets. The next meeting is on Sunday, January 12, 2 – 4. Anyone is welcome to come, and we can carpool from UUS:E. Please join us!

Trinity Solar Update

Our partnership with Trinity Solar is winding down! If you haven’t made your appointment yet but are still curious about installing solar on your home, now is the time to find out how.  UUS:E receives a $100 donation from Trinity Solar for each appointment, and if you decide to install solar, the church gets $1,000! So go ahead and make that appointment! Contact David Luchetti at David.Luchetti@trinity-solar.com.

New Year Vegan Brunch Potluck

January is the time many of us make that resolution to finally get more fit, lose those extra pounds, and eat healthier. So what could be more timely than our New Year Vegan Brunch Potluck on Sunday, January 5? Please join the Sustainable Living Committee as we ring in the New Year and celebrate our compassionate community! We’ll meet 1:00 – 3:00 PM for a delicious Pot Luck Brunch and taste new foods, indulge in some favorites, and get recipes and menu ideas for healthier eating. Reducing or eliminating meat and dairy is healthier 1) for people, 2) for the Earth, and 3) for the animals! Contact Mary Lawrence at wellonwheels@hotmail.com or 860-985-1645 for more info.

Check Out Green New Deal-Related Art https://www.sierraclub.org/artgreennewdeal

Fun Food Fact

While a single almond requires about 1 gallon of water to produce, a single egg requires 53 gallons, a hamburger 660 gallons, and a gallon of cow’s milk requires 880 gallons of water to produce, according to the Water Footprint Network.

Sustainable Living and Climate Action Committee

The Sustainable Living and Climate Action Committee, who led UUS:E through the process of becoming a certified Green Sanctuary congregation, invites you to join us for our regular monthly meeting on each second Tuesday at 7:00 PM in Room 2.

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.