Green Sanctuary News

Earth Day, April 22 is a month gone. So do we do nothing until next year? Not if we want a livable planet. There is a rising urgency about climate change, and not all of it is negative. Just to name a few…the renewed, invigorated interest in climate change legislation, President Biden’s Green New Deal, the auto industry’s interest in exploiting investment opportunities in electric vehicles. Media of all types have the latest news about the consequences of human disregard for their home or the latest news regarding how to save some part of the planet. Young people, not just Greta Thunberg, the teenage Swedish activist, are saying enough is enough is enough. They know time is running out for change to save us all.

Climate Action Item

The reintroduced bill formerly H.R. 763 Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is now Bill is H.R. 2307 now in the House with 40 co-sponsors. It has been changed, but, but still is pertinent. CCL wants to be sure we keep getting the message to Congress. Use this site to reach your representative and both senators using a simple form you can personalize: https://community.citizensclimate.org/tools/write-congress-about-the-energy-innovation-and-carbon-dividend-act
For details on CT State Legislation, see https://search.cga.state.ct.us/r/basic/

How to buy an Electric Vehicle in CT

This advice travels; but check other State rules and regulations to be sure.
https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/News-Releases/News-Releases—2020/DEEP-Launches-Electric-Vehicle-Roadmap

Peas & Love Garden

Peas and Love Garden is alive and well. Grounds Cleanup is frequently needed. The compost on hand is almost ready to use. Additional compost is needed, You can help weed and care for the gardens around UUS:E on Wednesday mornings. You just may find people already there to work with you.

Considering going vegan?

Our Sustainable Living Chair, Mary Lawrence, is offering her book free to anyone who commits to vegan eating for one month! 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, the environment, and compassion toward animals.

Check out our Vegan Recipes

https://uuse.org/sustainable-living/vegan-recipes
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
Farmers Market 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.

Looking for some good books?

Climate of Hope, Michael Bloomberg and Carl PopeA 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/. 

Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet, by Julie Dunlap and Susan CohenUU Ministry for Earth recommends the book, Coming of Age at the End of Nature: A Generation Faces Living on a Changed Planet, by Julie Dunlap and Susan Cohen, editors. This powerful anthology gathers the passionate voices of young writers who have grown up in an environmentally damaged and compromised world.

Finding the Mother Tree by Susanne SimardNPR recently interviewed Susanne Simard about her first book, Finding the Mother Tree. Simard writes how trees, living side by side for hundreds of years, have evolved, how they perceive one another, learn and adapt their behaviors, recognize neighbors, and remember the past; how they have agency about the future; elicit warnings and mount defenses, compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, characteristics ascribed to human intelligence, traits that are the essence of civil societies.

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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]

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: https://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 [email protected] 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.