Connect, Organize and Advocate

Connect, Organize and Advocate

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Connect with SNEUCC Environmental Ministries

The Environmental Ministries Team is one of the Justice & Witness Task Teams of the Southern New England UCC Conference. This team’s primary interests are issues related to climate change and environmental justice. We recognize that immediate action is needed to address and slow global warming in order to protect God’s creation and the habitability of “Our Common Home”. 

We also recognize that the burdens of air and water pollution fall disproportionately on lower income communities and communities of color as a result of long-term systemic practices, and that we need broad structural changes to correct those.

The Team consists of volunteers with experience, expertise, and a passion to seek productive ways and actions, which we can take individually and collectively, which reflect the values of our Christian faith.

To contact the EM team, contact Karen Methot in the SNEUCC Conference Office (methotk@sneucc.org). Visit us on social media and share our posts with your congregation and your networks: 

Southern New England UCC Climate Justice on Facebook 

SNEUCCClimateJustice on Instagram 


Divestment

Climate change is real and urgent: it could end life as we know it. Divestment is one way to send a clear message to fossil fuel companies that we are serious about changing our carbon footprints and they need to be as well. 

Read more here 

Beyond Fossil Fuels Fund 

Fossil Free USA


Advocacy Training

Not sure where to begin with environmental advocacy?

Invite SNEUCC Legislative Advocate Michele Mudrick to visit your congregation via zoom to speak about her work and ways that you can be involved in the legislative process. 

Or offer an after-worship program for members on “Advocacy 101” with a facilitator from one of the following organizations.  Ask the facilitator/speaker how your house of worship can be helpful in their work:

In CT:  Sierra Club, IREJN-CT Interfaith Power and Light or the CT League of Conservation Voters 

In MA:  Mass Interfaith Power & Light or the Sierra Club 

In RI:  Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light  

Christians Advocate for Climate Health – 30 minute video by Rev. Margaret Bullit-Jonas on how Christians can advocate for a safe and healthy climate highlighting six different types of advocacy.  With a study guide for adult ed class and a list of resources. Watch on YouTube or on the ADVOCATE page of the website for the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.  The website also includes a variety of resources in the categories of PRAY, LEARN, ACT, and ADVOCATE.  The bishops of Massachusetts have also declared a climate emergency.  More information

Other advocacy resources:

Building Climate Leadership  

Center for Earth Ethics  Climate Convergence Uniting for Victory                                            

Center for Earth Ethics  Climate Crisis Policy Launches Climate Movement

Citizens Climate Lobby 

Climate Reality Project 

Drawdown     

Environmental Defense Fund   

Environment Massachusetts 

Food and Water Action   

Food and Water Watch            

Indigenous Environmental Network 

Ocean River Institute  Cambridge, MA 

Extinction Rebellion                                    

Fire Drill Fridays  movies, webinars, activism 

Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival


Protest and Civil Disobedience

Disobedience: The Rise of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance (YouTube)

A 40-minute film available for free download and streaming, tells the story of four communities preparing to participate in direct action to break free from fossil fuels. What are your thoughts about – or experience with – nonviolent civil disobedience? What would motivate you to engage in civil disobedience?

Extinction Rebellion  An international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimize the risk of social collapse.

Clergy Climate Action  To accelerate the transition to a clean, just energy future, a growing number of clergy and religious leaders are engaged in – or pledging to engage in – peaceful acts of civil disobedience. To read, sign, or support the pledge, visit https://www.clergyclimateaction.org. It reads, in part: “We envision a livable climate for our communities, for the poor, for our children, and for all life. We call for immediate and robust public investment in climate solutions, including large-scale renewable energy. We will resist new fossil fuel development through joyful, faithful, spirited, and nonviolent direct action.”


Links to Climate Action and Environmental Justice Organizations


Faith-Based Organizations

UCC Environmental Justice Ministries

UCC’s Carbon Neutral Web Resources for Congregations 

Earth Ministry 

Creation Justice Ministries 

Greenfaith 

Blessed Tomorrow 

Interfaith Power and Light 

“Cool Congregations”  

Eco-Justice Ministries  

Environmental Guide for Congregations, their Building and Grounds  

Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts 

Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology – Home Page

Evangelical Environmental Network – Home Page

Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism  “Environment and Climate Change”  

The Shalom Center  “Environmental Justice” 

Wisconsin Green Muslims – Home Page


Connecticut Organizations

350 Connecticut 

Rivers Alliance of Connecticut 

Connecticut League of Conservation Voters  

Save The Sound 

IREJN-CT Interfaith Power and Light 

Connecticut Interfaith Power and Light  

Connecticut Citizen Action Group 

Sunrise Connecticut:  Facebook  ~   Sign-up 

Nature Conservancy (Connecticut) 

Connecticut Sierra Club


Massachusetts Organizations

Mass Interfaith Power & Light   

MA Sierra Club  

Mass Climate Action Network (MCAN) 

Massachusetts Audubon Society 

Mass SAVE 

Massachusetts Conservation Voters 

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance 

Mass Power Forward 

Nature Conservancy (Massachusetts) 

Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund 

350 Massachusetts 


Rhode Island Organizations

Environment Rhode Island   

350 Rhode Island 

Rhode Island Interfaith Power and Light 

Nature Conservancy (Rhode Island) 


National Organizations

Communities Responding to Extreme Weather  

Sunrise Movement  

Fridays for Future  

Environmental Voter Project  

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF)  

Climate Reality Project 

350 

Green America 

League of Conservation Voters  

National Audubon Society  

National Resource Defense Council (NRDC)  

Nature Conservancy 

Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) 

Sierra Club  

Clean Water Action  

EcoAmerica 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby  

Mothers Out Front  

US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)  


Global Organizations

World Wildlife Fund 

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), IPCC Secretariat, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Geneva, Switzerland 

 

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