“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” ― Howard Zinn
It may be hard to believe but April is right around the calendar corner, and while we are still living within COVID-19 restrictions, a post-pandemic future is on the horizon! Thus, we carry on in hope, faith, and love for the promise of Beloved Community to include honoring Earth and Climate Justice Month with a variety of virtual events and activities. We invite all members and friends to participate in as many of them as possible!
April 1 - June 15: UU Drawdown EcoChallenge: Join the Team!
Sign up with the ERUUF Team and join thousands of UUs from around the country in participating in the Drawdown EcoChallenge. This year Unitarian Universalists will combine our efforts to take solutions-oriented actions that directly address the climate and ecological crises and work for climate and environmental justice and equity. The EcoChallenge is a means to learn about and practice solutions that build and reinforce sustainable and regenerative habits, and with thousands of UUs participating, our collective actions can have real impact.
Joining the Team is easy: Click this link, click the JOIN tab from the Drawdown EcoChallenge webpage, type in OR find team "ERUUF 2021, and follow the remaining steps to join. Here is a How-To Video if you need help (scroll down to find the "Join or Change Teams" video).
Be on the lookout for more information. In the meantime, you can go to the Drawdown EcoChallenge and examine the challenge actions and begin to select actions you would like to take, and make that commitment to complete these actions during the period of the EcoChallenge between April 1 and June 15. Don't worry, you can always add or remove challenges. Choose actions that are practiced one-time or on a daily basis, and choose them from Drawdown Solution categories such as Building Resilience, Healing & Renewal, Electricity, Food Agriculture & Land Use, Transportation, Industry, Buildings, Land Sinks, Ocean Sinks, and Health & Education. For every completed individual and collective action, you create impact and earn points for the team AND for our national UU effort. Also, by doing so you build long-term habits that ensure a better-shared future for us all. For more information, contact Tom Fletcher.
April 16-25: Plant-Based Eating Week in conjunction with Interfaith Power and Light's Faith Climate Action Week
This year, Earth Justice is combining our usual Plant-Based Eating Week with Interfaith Power and Light’s Faith Climate Action Week. We are offering the following activities:
Sunday, 4/18, 1:00 pm: The full-length film, Kiss the Ground, will be shown. This is about how regenerating the world’s soils has the potential to rapidly stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems, and create abundant food supplies. You will receive a Zoom link to the film after registering. Click here to register. Late (after Friday, 4/16, 12 noon) registrations are welcome but persons will need to email Lynda Hambourger for the Zoom link. If you are unable to join this 4/18 showing, Interfaith Power & Light (IPL) is offering free viewings of the documentary from April 10-26.
Sunday, 4/25, 1:00 pm: Dr. Jonathan Sheline will give a 30-minute talk on “The Health and Environmental Benefits of Whole Foods Plant-Based Nutrition”. This will be a Zoom session, followed by a full 30 minutes of Q&A, which will also cover questions on the film. Please register here to receive the link to the presentation.
Sunday, April 25: Earth Day Worship Service
Our annual Earth Day Worship Service. Contact: Cheryl Turney.