First Universalist Environmental Justice Team Mission:
Our mission is to engage our church and congregants in learning and taking actions to achieve environmental justice. We do this in collaboration with our UU principles and other environmental justice organizations.
- Climate Justice and Community Resilience —Participate in Commit2Respond which is a values-based action network focused on connecting and mobilizing Unitarian Universalists for the work of environmental justice, in a manner that is centered on the needs and leadership of indigenous, minority and disadvantaged peoples and that engages youth and elders. Also participate with local environmental organizations such as MNIPL (MN Interfaith Power and Light), MN350, and North Star Sierra Club on issues such as oil pipelines and railroad safety of oil cars.
- Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions — Complete and celebrate Phase 1 UU community solar garden. Continue to work with MNIPL and the Just Solar Coalition for participation of traditionally underserved and disadvantaged population in community solar. Increase energy efficiency and conservation via energy audits and enhancements with individual households and the church building. Encourage individuals to reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and compost at home, in community and in church. Promote carbon sequestration in soil. Support carbon fee and dividend plans at the state and national level.
- Protection of Water Resources — Plan and co-sponsor the second annual indigenous, youth-led water summit (Mni Ki Wakan) in August and powerful quarterly Mde Maka Ska community conversations. Participate in the MN 25 by 25 water conversations and support the efforts to improve Minnesota water quality by 25% by 2025.
- Environmental Justice Education and Discussions — Plan discussions, panels and films on environmental justice issues. Provide environmental updates at an information table on Sundays and on the Faithful Action bulletin board in the social hall.
Connect with Us
Visit with members of the Environmental Justice Team at the EJ table (with the earth flag) on Sundays after services in the social hall or contact the church office for name(s) of Environmental Justice committee members. You are also invited to attend First Universalist Environmental Justice Team meetings, usually on the first Tuesday of each month from 7–9 p.m.
“The world is moved along not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of the tiny pushes of each honest worker.” – Helen Keller