Environmental Justice Ministry
Environmental Justice Ministry (previously called “Just Web”).
2nd Sundays each month at 1:00 p.m.
In-Person at Emerson
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.
Past meetings and projects have included:
Thinking globally and acting locally to take money out of fossil fuels: Emerson Environmental Justice Ministry joined a coalition that pushed the LA City Council to 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. We also supported a motion for the City of LA to stop using insurance companies who continue to insure coal, oil and 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 (3rd District) in January 2021, 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 3, 2021, LA City Council unanimously passed it.
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:
- 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