“Sustainable means accountable to the future. Unsustainable means unaccountable to the future. Everything else is but a footnote or distraction.” ~ Rev. Michael Dowd
Time: October 20, 2019 from 10:30 am to noon
“A Humble Relationship to Reality.” Rev. Dowd speaks to the intersection of science, inspiration, and sustainability. He will explore healthy vs. unhealthy ways of relating to temporal and spatial reality and offer practical guidance for nurturing a mythic relationship to time and nature that doesn't require believing in anything.
Summit Pre-Event Film: "As Long As the Rivers Run" with Willie and Peggen Frank, Oct. 11, Olympia WA
|Our youth led the way and propelled the Climate Strikes into one of the largest climate strikes in history. We want to center the brilliance and power of our youth and encourage you to build with local youth-led movements and create relationships in an effort to learn and adapt. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world and we’re dedicated to continuing to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now. And as we celebrate what we achieved, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now.|
The sheer power of the people resisting at this moment is breathtaking. Millions mobilized around the world to demand that our governments address the climate emergency. Thank you for your part in the Global Climate Strikes. We’re in awe of the images from around the world, demonstrating the fierce urgency of this movement. UUs came out in the thousands across the country. Our movement is energized! We’re grateful to the youth who are leading this movement around the world, we’re dedicated to continue to follow their leads and remain committed to fighting for their future now.
And as we celebrate what we achieved this past week, we know we have the capacity for more and we are preparing. We have a What's Next? webinar planned for 10/16 so register now. Below are the three main things we need everyone to do.
Dowd and Barlow are very popular among UU congregations all across the U.S. as they have managed to weave science and religion together into a coherent thought. There are still opportunities to engage these speakers.
More info at: http://www.thegreatstory.org/
The climate strikes of September 20, 2019 involved millions of people all over the world: at least 900 strikes in the U.S. and more than a dozen in Washington State. In Seattle, the largest strike in Washington involved more than 5000, including 2000 from Amazon who converged with those coming from Capitol Hill to city hall. Signs carried by marchers included "Our Children's Future," “If you don’t act like adults We will,” “Act now or swim later,” and “Not the hot girl summer I had in mind,” based on an internet meme. Speakers at city hall emphasized the urgency of the crisis and called for zero emissions by 2030. Just prior to the strike, CEO Jeff Bezos of Amazon said that the company would try to reach zero net emissions by 2040 but his employees demanded faster action.
On Sunday, September 22, MoveOn is joining with other #StrikeWithUs partners to host a national organizing call to hear from climate action leaders, including the youth activists who have led the strikes, about what we can do next. Click here to RSVP for the Climate Crisis National Organizing Call to learn about actions you can take in the weeks and months ahead to build off of the Climate Strike and keep up the momentum. The call will be at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 PT. Just click here to RSVP. You can participate on Sunday from any device with the internet by going to the RSVP page—where you will get immediately plugged into more actions to take to fight the climate crisis. Climate change is a dire crisis that demands urgent, large-scale, collective action at the community, state, regional, national, and global levels. We are seeing a movement emerge that is growing in political strength—forcing political candidates to talk in-depth about climate justice in ways they haven't before and forcing corporations and local governments to act. On this call, you'll learn about some of the opportunities to take action following this historic climate strike.You'll hear from:
- Isra Hirsi, Executive Director of US Youth Climate Strikes and a leader in tomorrow's strike, about plans for future strikes and escalations;
- Monica Mohapatra, from 350.org, about continuing actions around the country next week as part of an entire week of action on climate justice;
- Jon Barton, Deputy Director at the Service Employees International Union, on how to get engaged locally;
- And more!
Backbone Campaign Offers Organizing and Banner Design Aid for Global Climate Strike: Webinar Sept. 10, 5:00 pm
Backbone Campaign is moving our normal Monthly Organizing Call date up a bit in anticipation of the Global Climate Strike happening Sept 20-27.RSVP HERE
- want to connect with a light team in your city and help with projection
- need a banner tool kit so that you, with a small group of friends, can deploy banners over freeways or in other locations
- want to reserve an LED banner, for high visibility night-time messaging
- need imagery to make your action pop, including an inflatable pipeline (our two globes have been reserved already for DC and Vashon/Seattle)
- are local and can join us in our Vashon warehouse and make your banners for the Climate Strike, Wednesdays, Sept 11th and Sept 18th
Get your congregation involved in the Climate Strike! Reach out to your minister and worship planning team and share these Climate Strike worship materials curated by Rev. Peggy Clarke. Reach out to your church board, to your social justice and environmental committees — this is a time to bring our UU community and values out of the pews and into the streets!
(The link has suggestions for order of service, sermons, readings and hymns.)
The UUA, Side With Love, and UU Ministry for Earth Join with the Global Climate Strike-#StrikeWithUs, Sept. 20, 2019, various locations.
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg asks this question, and we’re asking people of faith to respond. We UUs know that all that exists is part of an interdependent web. What we do matters. We must show up for each other now.
Are you ready to demand a just and sustainable world? A right to a future for our youth and young adults? Sign up here for the Sept. 20th Global Climate Strike and Week of Action by locating an event near you and you will be in touch with local organizers. This information will also be shared with us so that we can mobilize UUs as powerfully as possible.
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. We know governments won’t deliver climate action and justice on their own, so we’re going on #climatestrike to show them what people power is capable of creating. The strikes are just the beginning of an escalated movement where millions will take to the streets to demand action now, especially for those most impacted by climate change who have done the least to cause it. Climate breakdown isn’t inevitable. We know the solutions we need including a just transition away from the exploitative fossil fuel economy. We’re inviting you to join other UUs and faith groups and millions more -- we have the power to make them happen.
Here’s what’s already happening among UUs:
Backbone Campaign's summer focus for Solutionary Rail has been Outreach - to policymakers, newspapers and the general public. We are grateful to Winona LaDuke who wrote an op ed, the New Iron Horse, about her support for Solutionary Rail. Will you write a Letter to the Editor about Solutionary Rail? Check out the toolkit for talking points and tips on getting your LTE published.
The next Organizing Call for Solutionary Rail will be Wednesday, Sept 4th, at noon (pacific)/3pm (eastern). Register for the call to learn what's next and how you can get involved.
We have exciting news! UUs for a Just Economic Community is co-hosting a conference, Advancing Economic and Climate Justice as a Moral Issue, Building a Movement for a “Green New Deal” September 15-17 in Washington, DC. Why the long name? It’s about framing—and we’ll talk about it.
Can't go? Download a flyer and post it at your congregation. 8 1/2 x 11 or 8 1/2 x 14.
Or get your congregation to write letters to their Senators. A link to UUs for Social Justice’s Write Here, Write Now!, explaining how to do this. As soon as UUs for Social Justice post specifics for this month’s letter, we will post it on the conference webpage .
In the United States, many advocates of a Green New Deal have begun to include calls for prison abolition in the plan. In Canada, however, the connection between a Green New Deal and prison abolition has yet to be made explicit or widespread. So how can the climate movement work for prison abolition as a core strategy for shared liberation and a society where all are welcome and safe?
On August 27th, you’ll have a chance to hear three brilliant organizers, artists, and educators speak about the thinking that has driven their prison abolition work for decades; you’ll hear us connect prison abolition and the Green New Deal; and you’ll get to ask some questions of your own!
Panelists: El Jones, Robyn Maynard, Cedar Hopperton
More info and register here.
Save the Date: Global Climate Strike Sept. 20-27. It’s not climate change, it’s a climate emergency. The UUA is partnering with 350.org, Extinction Rebellion (XR), Sunrise Movement and others who have answered Greta Thuberg’s call with youth from around the planet to join the Global Climate Strike with a huge kick off on Sept. 20th and various actions throughout the week. Only our governments have the power to stop the fossil-fuel economy. Leaders of this movement, who have studied social movements that have led to real change, estimate that when 3.5% of the population is willing to strike or risk arrest or participate in ongoing protest that governments will respond. Our UUA Organizing Strategy Team will be sending out a Create Climate Justice alert next week with a sign up for UUs and listings of events. If you are not already subscribed,sign up here and check Create Climate Justice.
Strikes are already planned for Burien, Kirkland and Seattle's University District, with more coming. To find nearby events and times
Olympia climate activists from several organizations and members of the Olympia Coalition to Abolish Nuclear Weapons are working with three powerful speakers to put together a retreat that addresses the intersectionality of climate and nuclear issues. Save the date, November 16th, 2019/More information to come.
The Sierra Club, in conjunction with the youth group Sunrise Movement, has organized national action on the Green New Deal, which has also been endorsed by the UUA (see below). Sierra Club leaders are hosting debate watching parties, where people interested in pressuring the Democratic National Committee to approve a climate debate are being recruited. Sierra Club leaders are also organizing constituent visits, with members of Congress during the August recess, to discuss the Green New Deal. The club has organized a coach-activist network which will help prepare activists understand and promote the Green New Deal. For more information, click on https://www.sierraclub.org/resist/growing-green-new-deal-mobilization