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
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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.

EARTH DAY ECO-CHALLENGE

Our planet is in crisis – and to create a life sustaining future, it’s going to take all of us to do all we can. The good news is that YOUR actions make a difference – and there are solutions at our fingertips. In the spirit of caring for our earth all year, not just on Earth Day, Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry Team has compiled actions we can each take in the lead up to Earth Day, April 22nd.

Each week, we’ll be making recommendations in the areas of knowledge, personal actions & spiritual reflections, and advocacy.

We invite you to join our Eco Challenge and take action with us each week!  

Let us know what you do: email Rhonda (rhondaplankrichard@gmail.com) and Anna (annalourawagner@gmail.com).

Week 1

  • Learning – Watch these brief videos about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Setting the Stage” and “Stopping Climate Change
  • Spiritual Reflection – Spend 5 minutes meditating in nature. Listen to the birds sing.
  • Personal sustainability – Fast from single-use plastic this week, here’s how.
  • Advocacysign 350.org’s letter for a just recovery

Week 2

  • Learning – Watch this brief video about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Reducing Sources”  
  • Spiritual reflectionPray. What are you grateful for about being alive on earth right now? Reflect on what breaks your heart about the state of the world. What is one small thing you can do to address it?
  • Personal sustainability – Evaluate your consumerism habits. Explore ways you can buy less – engage with a BuyNothing group
  • Advocacy – Tell Gov. Newsom to declare a climate emergency – sign here

Week 3

  • Learning – Watch this brief video about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Supporting Sinks and Improving Society”
  • Advocacy – Use this sample letter to write your own letter to your City Councilmember asking LA to move to 100% clean energy in an environmentally just way.
  • Spiritual reflection – Pray. How have you been responsible for ecological destruction? What is one small shift you can make towards a just and sustainable future?
  • Personal sustainability – Eat a plant-based diet this week – here’s how! Join the Plant Based LA group (see info in e-blast!)

Week 4 

  • Learning – Watch these brief videos about climate solutions: Project Drawdown Climate Solutions 101 “Putting It All Together” and “Making It Happen”
  • Spiritual reflection – Pray. Reflect on your experience this last month. How might you more fully devote your life towards caring for our earth? Take one action, and then keep going! Join Emerson’s EJM group, which meets the 2nd Sunday of each month!
  • Personal sustainability – Fast from silence. Talk to at least 1 person about your ecospiritual journey these 4 weeks – here are tips for talking about the climate crisis in an effective way. Reflect on ways you can take action
  • Advocacy – You choose! Find an organization that fights for something YOU care about (suggestions here). Join their efforts by taking online action, volunteering or donating.

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Celebrating Environmental Justice Wins!

Emerson’s Environmental Justice Ministry is celebrating big local wins! We have been thinking globally and acting locally to take money out of fossil fuels. Earlier this year, we were 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. Our members contributed oral and written comments on the measure which passed the full L.A. city council unanimously.

Next was a motion for the City of LA to stop using insurance companies who are still insuring coal, oil and gas expansion. Several people from our Environmental Justice Ministry, in partnership with 350.orgClimate Reality and Insure Our Future, first brought this measure to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield (3rd District) in January, and he introduced it to LA City Council because of our advocacy work. The motion requires the City to evaluate prospective insurance companies based on their underwriting and investment in fossil fuels. Our members again advocated for the measure with oral and written comments. On March 3rd, LA City Council unanimously passed it.
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Past meetings and projects have included:

Getting out the vote through UUTheVote (https://www.uuthevote.org/) 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.)

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:

Contact Rhonda (rhondaplankrichard@gmail.com) and/or Anna (annalourawagner@gmail.com) if you have questions and/or to let us know if we can count on you to attend our next gathering.

Thanks! Anna & Rhonda