Excitement is building about the People’s Climate March, which will take place in New York City on Sunday, Sept. 21. GreenFaith, a partner of the Interfaith Earth Network, is helping mobilize people of faith to participate – in huge numbers!
Why a Climate March?
On September 23, the United Nations is holding a one-day Climate Summit at UN Headquarters in New York City. Leaders of the world's governments will gather to discuss the dire urgency of the climate crisis and to seek to build momentum towards an international climate treaty.
The Climate March, two days before the Summit, offers people of all faiths with a vitally important opportunity to demonstrate their support for such a treaty. Large, peaceful public marches have, in the past, allowed members of society and faith communities to express our strong support about a critical public issue. We now must show similar concern and resolve, en masse, about climate change.
What Can You Do?
- Click here if you plan to be at the March in person and want resources and information.
- Click here if you can’t be at the March in person but want to be involved, or get your faith community involved in your home community.
Unitarian Universalists Divest from Fossil Fuels
On June 28, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) voted overwhelmingly to divest from fossil fuel companies. The resolution requires the UUA not only to withdraw its investments from fossil fuel companies, but to reinvest in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The sole exception allows the UAA to retain investments in companies where the UUA is practicing significant shareholder activism.
Terry Wiggins, a member of the First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and a member of the Interfaith Earth Network steering committee, was a driving force in crafting and passing the resolution. IEN congratulates her and the Unitarian Universalist Association for working to align their actions with the values of sustainability and stewardship. Thank you, Terry, for your advocacy on behalf of the Earth, and thank you, Unitarian Universalists, for demonstrating the integrity of your values in refusing to support the power and profitability of destructive practices.
Faith-driven divestment from fossil fuels is a growing movement domestically and worldwide; days before the UAA decision, the University of Dayton became the first Catholic university to divest, and in May the Anglican Church of New Zealand and Polynesia also voted for divestment. The United Church of Christ led the way last July by approving a divestment resolution, becoming the first US church to do so at a national level. We hope to see more denominations follow the lead of the UCC and the Unitarian Universalists, as well as more divestment on the level of local churches and organizations.
To read more:
http://www.uua.org/news/pressroom/pressreleases/296102.shtml, http://blogs.uuworld.org/ga/2014/06/28/uua-divests-from-fossil-fuels/, http://sierraclub.typepad.com/compass/2014/06/the-faith-based-push-for-fossil-fuel-divestment.html