At Fourth Universalist we are deeply committed to environmental sustainability, confronting systems that perpetuate and profit from environmental racism, and partnering with people who are directly affected by the climate collapse. As Unitarian Universalists, we live with an awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We are grounded in Unitarian Universalist’s 7th Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
Our work is lead by our Environmental Justice Team, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you.
Break Free From Plastic Pollution
Sunday, April 18, 12:30 PM ET
Join the Fourth Universalist Environmental Justice team as we welcome Brian Langloss from Oceana for a conversation about why plastic pollution is an environmental justice issue. Oceana is a sponsor of the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act and New York State’s proposed “straw-upon-request” law.
Participants will learn how to take immediate action to support plastics legislation in a call relay scheduled for Tuesday, April 20.
To register: http://bit.ly/4thUPlastics
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE GOALS
- Educate: Share information with the congregation and others about environmental racism, climate change, food justice, plastic waste, and sustainability.
- Direct action: Organize the environmental justice community around marches, phone banking, letter writing, and other direct actions.
- Partnerships: Collaborate with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crises.
- Institutional change: Work with Fourth Universalist leadership and membership to create lasting, measurable impact on the congregation’s sustainability efforts.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES
- New: Break Free From Plastic Pollution – April 18, 2021
- Food Justice Month
- Plastics Challenge
- Composting and Recycling
- 2019 NYC Climate Strike
General Information about Environmental Justice!
At Fourth Universalist, we are deeply committed to environmental sustainability and confronting systems that perpetuate and profit from environmental destruction and climate change.
At Fourth Universalist we compost, use environmentally friendly materials whenever possible, and work so our building’s ecological footprint might be lessened. We volunteer with local non-profits, that help ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. We offer space to Extinction Rebellion, as they seek to radically disrupt systems of environmental oppression. And we organize and march and educate, through participation in the 2019 NYC Climate Strike.
As Unitarian Universalists, we live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We commit to four practices, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:
- Environmental Justice: We partner with marginalized communities who are hit first and hardest by environmental crisis. In partnering with these communities we are able to address human and environmental needs at the same time.
- Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
- Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
- Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households. This includes composting, reducing our congregational plastic use, and participating in events like MulchFest each year.
If you would like to get involved in these efforts, I invite you to contact our Senior Minister, Rev. Schuyler Vogel, at email@example.com, or our Environmental Justice Team, led by Liz Wolfe and Barbara Woods, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to being in touch!