Take Action Topics
In a climate changing world, Unitarian Universalists and UU congregations can emphasize justice and equitable solutions as we build sustainable and resilient communities.
As people of faith, we are called upon to reflect on and bring the best of our religious convictions and values into the larger world. As we engage in conversations and take actions to make our communities more resilient and sustainable, we find strength and courage in our shared beliefs and principles: the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; the use of the democratic process within society at large; the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; and respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
Feeling overwhelmed or uncertain of where to start? Remember these words of Buddhist monk and human rights activist Thich Nhat Hahn. When asked by a student, “There are so many urgent problems, what should I do?,” he advised “Take one thing and do it very deeply and carefully, and you will be doing everything at the same time.”
While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions in building sustainable communities, there are processes, best practices, resources and examples to consider. We invite you to take this opportunity to look at the issues that most appeal to you with an integrated lens. Remember, they are all connected! For some, this is an opportunity to “zoom out” from a focus on sustainable lifestyle choices to consider larger systemic challenges and opportunities for change at the local, regional or national level; for others, this is an opportunity to “zoom in” from larger perspectives to focus on local, congregational and individual practices and actions.
Explore the following "Take Action Topics" to begin your journey of discovery. Originally developed as congregational resources for previous Earth Days, most of the information is still current/timely. We hope to keep these materials updated and will add additional topics in the future.
- Introduction To Key Concepts of Sustainability (2013)
- Building Sustainable and Resilient Communities (2013)
- Climate Action and Climate Adaptation Plans (2013)
- Ecosystems and Biodiversity (2013)
- Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (2013)
- Waste and Consumption (2014)
- Socially Responsible Investing (2014)
- Energy and Climate (2015)
- Immigration and Environmental Justice (2012)
- Water Justice (2011)
- Ethical Eating and Food Justice (2010)
- Environmental Justice (2009)
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