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As the Caribbean and United States reel from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and South Asia struggles to cope with the worst flooding in a century, there is no way to be idle and not take action. Through advocacy, financial support, service, education, worship, and/or witness, we must answer the call. Here are four ways to do so right now.
UUA and UUMFE Sign On to Lofoten Declaration
The UUA and UUMFE have joined more than 300 other organizations all over the world in signing the Lofoten Declaration, which calls on wealthy countries and corporate actors to put an end to fossil fuel development, manage the decline of existing production, and create a just transition. The declaration is named in honor of the activists who’ve successfully kept the oil industry from devastating the seas around Norway’s Lofoten islands through drilling. Read more.
Harvey and Irma Recovery and Relief
The last two weeks have seen two devastating and record-breaking hurricanes hit the United States. One was the wettest tropical hurricane ever recorded over the continental states, and the other was arguably the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded in terms of sustained wind speed.
You can help: the UUSC and UUA have set up joint recovery and relief funds, and the UU College of Social Justice is collecting info on those who would like to volunteer to help with recovery efforts. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and half will support UU congregations and members most affected. Take action (clicking through leads to both Harvey and Irma funds).
Round-Up: Disasters, Climate Change, Race, and Class
Get educated on the links between severe weather and climate change, and the intersections of race, class, and natural disasters! Check out this news round-up.
The increase in frequency and intensity of natural disasters impacting the world right now—from extreme wildfires in the U.S. West to the deadly floods in South Asia to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—is a clarion call for action to stabilize the climate and deepen solidarity with marginalized, impacted communities.
Connecting Generations: 100 Young Adult-Led Services on Climate Justice
Has your congregation participated in the 100 Climate Justice Services campaign? UU Young Adults for Climate Justice has pledged to support and deliver one hundred services about climate justice led by young adults. Join this process of deepening our community's intergenerational ties and understanding of what it means to seek climate justice. Get connected.
P.S. UPCOMING EVENTS!
Don't miss this month's gatherings of UU environmental justice communities of practice:
"End climate silence" photo from a climate change protest before Hurricane Sandy, 2012. Photo by Adam Welz via 350.org.
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