Green Sanctuary News

NEW hopes for climate legislation in 2021!! In May of 2019 at a congregational meeting, UUS:E members voted unanimously to endorse Citizens Climate Lobby’s (CCL) preferred solution HR 763, The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividends Act. However, the last few years of the recent administration left very little room for moving this legislation forward despite its great efforts at bipartisan support. Now however with a new administration committed to serious climate action, but with a still very divided Congress, we have a far greater chance of moving this legislation forward, and it is possibly the only type of climate legislation that has a chance to pass through both houses. As always it will take great effort! But we have an excellent opportunity to take part in the free virtual conference that CCL is hosting on the afternoons of Dec 5 and 6: United We Move. Please check out the information, register, and watch whatever sessions you find interesting! FYI quite a few members and friends of UUS:E have joined and been active in the local Citizens Climate Lobby chapter which we established in 2012 and has become the Greater Hartford chapter. If you check out Citizens Climate Lobby’s website at, be sure to check out the funny little Vimeo called “Welcome to the far-middle.” If you have not done so already you can join on this page and probably connect directly to the conference info upon joining…or just go here to learn about and register for the conference:

United We Move

December 2020 Online Conference

Plastic. Since the pandemic hit, how are we doing in terms of our effect on the environment and the climate? Well, we have probably saved some CO2 from entering the atmosphere through far less air travel and driving. We may have used more at home energy to heat and air condition our homes. In my mind, I think the worst effect has been a huge increase in waste plastic and packaging materials. So at least try to be conscious of how much of our online purchases, takeout food, and PPE throw-aways are necessary. In January we plan to show a film called “The Story of Plastic,” which will demonstrate what we all are doing and perhaps give us ideas on how to change.

View The Story of Plastic. Friday, Jan.15, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM (or sooner once you have the link) for viewing the movie with joint discussion via Zoom at 7:30 – 8:30 PM. More info next month.

Here is a link to the trailer: . If you are interested in watching the movie and joining the discussion, please email jstewart at He will provide a link for you to view the movie and another one to join the discussion with others. You can view the movie at your leisure before the discussion. It lasts about 90 minutes.

Last but Not Least! December may be your last chance to schedule a FREE Home Energy Audit with its useful services and solutions that can save you hundreds of dollars on energy bills and and appliances, etc.


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:

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 A case of six boxes (12 cups per box) is $50. More information about Equal Exchange Products,

click here.

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 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

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 the office 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.