Environmental Justice Ministry
Environmental Justice Ministry (previously called “Just Web”).
2nd Sundays each month at 1:00 p.m.
Join us via: https://tinyurl.com/emersonuuc2
Zoom Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
Or dial: (669) 900-9128 and enter Meeting ID: 343 977 3791
The work of creating a sustainable way of life is central to our Unitarian Universalist view of a just and compassionate world. We care for our environment in partnership with those most impacted by environmental devastation. Consistent with the Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism, we acknowledge the interconnected web of life through projects focused on climate justice activism, ethical eating, and environmental stewardship.
Celebrating a Big Environmental Justice Win!
Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry is celebrating a big local win! We have been part of a coalition organizing to make the LA City Council reduce its investments in fossil fuel companies and to craft a plan to divest city pensions from businesses that contribute to climate change. The measure recently passed the full L.A. city council unanimously. THANK YOU to all who made oral or written comments for this on short notice!!
Next up is the motion for the City of LA to stop using insurance companies who are still insuring coal, oil & gas expansion. Several people from our Environmental Justice Ministry, in partnership with 350.org, Climate Reality and Insure Our Future, first brought this measure to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield in January, and he has introduced it because of our advocacy work. We’ll need your support moving this over the finish line when it’s time!
This continues our efforts to encourage banks and pension funds to divest from fossil fuels.
We also have focused recently on getting out the vote through UUTheVote with text and phone banking as well as writing letters and postcards. (As a church affiliated group, we do not directly endorse candidates, but can support positions and help get out the vote.)
Past meetings and projects have included:
Helping Sky Valley Volunteers plant oak tree seedlings in the West Valley.
A discussion of Rev. Matthew’s co-authored essay “Becoming Resilient: Community Life for a New Age”, found in the anthology Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and the Environment.
We frequently work with other organizations, including the following:
- Sunrise Movement https://www.sunrisemovementla.org/
- VoteForward https://votefwd.org/
- Environmental Voter environmentalvoter.org
- UU the Vote https://www.uuthevote.org/
- The Climate Reality Project, https://www.climaterealityproject.org/
- org https://socal350.org/
- West Valley People’s Alliance wvpeople.org
- Stop the Money Pipeline https://stopthemoneypipeline.com/
- Sky Valley volunteers (planting oak trees in the West San Fernando Valley) https://www.skyvalleyvolunteers.org/
Thanks! Anna & Rhonda