Green Sanctuary News

So what is the number one most important thing you and your family can do to help reduce global warming? If you guessed “drive a hybrid or electric vehicle” you would be wrong! If you guessed “eat a plant-based (or mostly plant-based) diet” you would be correct! Did you know, for example, that…

  • Livestock account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emission?*

Or that…

  • Methane has a global warming potential 86 times that of CO2 on a 20-year time frame? U.S. methane emissions from livestock and natural gas are nearly equal.**

We could go on with many more sobering statistics, but suffice to say, the more plant-based meals you eat, the more you are fighting global warming with every bite! It’s as simple as that.

Vegan Cooking Class: October 7 at 1 PM

A warm bowl of soup and a crispy slice of toast is the perfect way to cozy up this fall. Join vegan chef Mary Lawrence to learn soup recipes that are quick and easy to make, affordable, and use seasonal ingredients. Learn how to prepare a classic mirepoix and bouquet garni for flavoring stock. Then transform these soup bases into a delicious vegetable or bean based soup, or a hearty chowder seasoned with fresh herbs and dried spices. Finally, top everything off with garnishes that add flavor and texture, including cashew crema, fresh herbs, and toasted spiced pepitas.

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Class includes ingredients, recipes, hands-on instruction, and ample tasting of delicious soups. Space is LIMITED, so please reserve your ticket in advance by logging on to Mary’s event page: $25 in advance, refunds up to 7 days before event; $30 at the door. Please contact Mary Lawrence at or Kat Dargan at if you have questions. Sponsored by The Sustainable Living and Adult Religious Education Committees.

SEED: The Untold Story: November 3 at 7 PM

Don’t miss your last(?) chance to see the film SEED: The Untold Story. We showed this film in July when many folks were on vacation, so it is back by popular demand for another viewing on Saturday November 3 at 7:00 PM. This remarkable and beautifully photographed story of seeds is an epic “good vs evil” saga playing out in modern times. Learn why these precious gifts of nature are in danger today, and about the passionate seed keepers who are the heroes defending the future of our food. Free admission and free popcorn!

Fifth Annual Climate and Creation Stewardship Summit: October 28, 9:30 AM at Spring Glen Church

You are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Climate and Creation Stewardship Summit sponsored by the Inter Religious Eco Justice Network (IREJN) on Saturday, October 28 from 9:30-4:30. This year the event will be held at Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. The focus of this year’s Summit is on water, both on land and in the oceans. Suggested Donation: $30. Includes breakfast and lunch. Carpool from UUS:E will be facilitated by Kat at For additional info and to sign up go to:


We are very pleased to report that US Representative John Larson has joined the House Bi-Partisan Climate Solutions Caucus, which now boasts 28 Republicans and 28 Democrats. They have pledged to work together to find solutions to combat global warming. The requirement to join this Caucus is one must also bring in a House member from the other party.

Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will be on October 26, 7:00 PM at Goodwin College

Finally, the next meeting of the local chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) will be on October 26, 7:00 PM at Goodwin College. Several UUS:E folks have joined this important organization. You can too! For more info contact Janet at

*Goodland, Robert & Anhang, Jeff. “Livestock and Climate Change: What if the key actors in climate change are…cows, pigs and chickens?” WorldWatch. November/December 2009

Hickman, Martin. “Study claims meat creates half of all greenhouse gases.” Independent. November 2009

Hyner, Christopher. “A Leading Cause of Everything: One Industry That Is Destroying Our Planet and Our Ability to Thrive on It.” Georgetown Environmental Law Review. October 23, 2015.

** Shindell, Drew T, et al. “Improved Attribution of Climate Forcing to Emissions.” Science. 326, 716 (2009)

“IPCC Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007. 2.10.2. Direct Global Warming Potentials.” Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

“Overview of Greenhouse Gases.” United States Environmental Protection Agency.

“Key facts and findings. By the numbers: GHG emissions by livestock.” FAO.

“Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks 1990-2015.” United States Environmental Protection Agency

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: 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

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 .

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 Kat Dargan at 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.