Faith Based Climate Action 7/22/23

Good News

Climate Action Opportunities

Of Note, This Week

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Good News

Weekly Serving of Good News, July 22, 2023

Good news is a powerful motivator for action, & there‘s lots of good news about climate mitigation, adaptation/resilience, and justice.
Here are a few recent examples, refreshed weekly on Saturdays.

Biden making $20 billion available from ‘green bank’ for clean energy projects

European Union Approves Ambitious Nature Restoration Law

Renewable deployment surge puts world on track for net zero pathway

Decarbonization Is Happening Faster Than You May Think 

Cambridge University solar farm to boost net zero target 

Old electric vehicle batteries now store solar power

Oil Field Company Leads Innovation To Power Homes With Geothermal Energy In Oklahoma

‘Breakthrough’ geothermal tech produces 3.5 megawatts of carbon-free power

Western governors push for geothermal energy to be another boom in renewables 

Scientists Are Growing Sustainable Buildings From Fungi Now 

Regenerative agriculture offers sustainability, climate resilience to local ranchers 

How A Swedish Tech Company Is Making Renewable Energy From Abandoned Mines 

Genetically edited wood could make paper more sustainable

Harnessing Bacteria and Sunlight: A Revolutionary Path to Sustainable Energy

VW’s US Innovation Hub just revealed 4 EV breakthroughs

Compiled stories

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Faith-based Climate Action Opportunities

To help assess the engagement of UUFC members and friends in faith-based climate action and to encourage such action, please anonymously  <Share> the number of the actions below you take this week. Optionally, you may  anonymously also share other recent climate action. 

The organizations whose calls to action we amplify, and the number from each organization, are listed <here>.

Ban toxic seeds that kill birds and bees. Just one small seed has deadly consequences for birds and bees. Millions of seeds are treated with neonicotinoid pesticides, contaminating the entire plant as it grows. Plus, most of the pesticides on the seeds don’t stay there — 95% gets rubbed off or washed away, contaminating the surrounding environment. That turns a cornfield into a toxic minefield for a tiny bee or a hungry bird. Tell Gov. Kotek to ban toxic seeds that kill birds and bees.

Environment Oregon 

Environment Oregon 

Save our oldest forests. Logging and other threats are encroaching on what little mature and old-growth forests we have left. Our oldest forests support a vast network of plants, animals and insects, sheltering the diversity of nature. And trees grow even faster the older they get, storing more carbon from the atmosphere and acting as a natural climate solution. Protecting our old-growth and mature forests is one of the best things we can do to help tackle climate change, save wildlife habitat, and keep our country beautiful. Tell the Biden administration: Save our oldest forests

Nature Conservancy

The climate emergency demands an emergency-level response. The devastating effects of the intertwined crises of climate change and rapid biodiversity loss are here and affecting everyday life in stunning and undeniable ways. The United States must meet this moment and lead with unprecedented urgency to collectively steer the fate of life on Earth back to safety. We cannot meet the essential climate targets unless we leverage the power of nature to restore and protect lands and waters. Send your message to Congress

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Of Note This Week

Of Note This Week is a source for current climate-change information at the local, state, and national levels.  It is refreshed weekly on Saturday.

Friends of the Earth

Article: Gulf and Environmental Groups Call on Interior Department to End Routine Fast-Tracking of Offshore Oil Drilling Projects

Inside Climate News

Article: ‘Giant Methane Factories’: Hydropower Has Long Been Touted as Clean Energy. But Is It?

The Colorado Sun

Editorial: Scientists have given the ultimate warning on climate change. Will we finally listen?

UU Service Committee

Indigenous Lives and The Climate Crisis: A Photo Essay Series

Part 1,   Part 2,   Part 3


Article: Vermont’s flooding this week is historic. What role did climate change play?

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Save the Date

Thu 27 July 7:00 – 8:00 PM Zoom
Share and Discuss: The Climate Action Team invites UUFC members and friends to share and discuss actions we are taking to reduce our personal carbon emissions and to influence local, state, and nation policy and legislation. Questions:

Mon 31 Jul, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Franklin Square Park
(Between 15th and 16th Streets, and Polk and Taylor Avenues)

Home Energy Fair – Funding & Support for Everyone: This festive event is a great opportunity for both homeowners and renters who want to save money by lowering their monthly utility bills. Fair
exhibitors will help attendees find out about state and federal money that’s available now to make homes more energy efficient. Cool off with your friends and neighbors at one of our community’s loveliest parks to enjoy snacks and conversations with nonprofits and businesses who will be there to support you. Sponsors: Jobs Addition Neighborhood Association (JANA) and Corvallis Sustainability Coalition Energy Action Team.

Mon 7 Aug, 6:30 – 7:30 PM, In person, UUFC social hall, or Zoom

Home Retrofit Clinic: The Climate Action Team invites UUFC members and friends to participate in a Home Retrofit Clinic, presented by Nancy Everson, that will focus on the benefits, logistics, and incentives available for switching from fossil (aka natural) gas to electricity for heating, cooling, cooking, and water heating.

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