Faith-based Climate Action

Faith-based Climate Action

Guided by our 7th and 2nd Principles and our minister’s often-stated observation that climate change is the context for all we do as a religious community,  we encourage and support one another in working  to mitigate climate change, build resilience and adaptations to climate change, and secure justice for those least responsible for but most impacted by climate change.  We do this by influencing climate-related legislation and policy and by reducing  our emissions.  We do this work as part of our spiritual practice.

 

The Year Past (2021-22)

Using five strategies (advocacy, reduction of carbon emissions directly, education, developing policy decisions, and maintaining infrastructure) members and friends worked together to accomplish much  this last year, 2021-22:

Advocate

The Legislation and Policy Project amplified the voices of the Oregon League of Women Voters, Renew Oregon, Divest Oregon, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, in support of climate action legislation.

Reduce carbon emissions directly

  • The Toward Net Zero Project, in collaboration with the UUFC Buildings Team, was awarded a $10,000 City loan to improve the energy efficiency of our existing building.
  • The Trees Project, in collaboration with the City of Corvallis Urban Forestry program, planted 12 oak trees in a low-and-moderate income Corvallis neighborhood.
  • The Campus Habitat Project, in collaboration with UUFC Grounds and UUFC Youth Religious Exploration, installed six bird nesting-boxes to encourage and support native birds.

Educate and share hope

  • The Toward Net Zero Project hosted a Wednesdays-in-April (Earth month) series of Zoom presentations on ways we can take action to reduce emissions. 
  • The Toward Net Zero Project is providing opportunities, encouragement, and support for members/friends to reduce and take responsibility for personal emissions.
  • Climate Solution Happenings is posted monthly in UUFC newsletter, along with other frequent communications on Mighty Network and the 7th Principle Google group.
  • The Climate Action Team hosted a three-session Religious Exploration courseClimate action as spiritual practice”.
  • The Climate Action Team was key in the work to have Justice councils and teams consider racial and climate justice issues in their 2022-23 and future budgets.
  • In collaboration with the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team, the Climate Action Team is beginning to operationalize anti-racism and climate lenses to inform the work of councils and teams.

Develop policy decisions

The UUFC Board:

  1. a) declared a climate emergency,
  2. b) established the Carbon Reduction and Responsibility Fund, and
  3. c) joined the Renew Oregon and Divest Oregon

Maintain infrastructure to support other strategies

A space for the Climate Action Team was developed and maintained on Mighty Network.

 

The  Year Coming (2022-23)

In 2022-23, we will pursue the following vision: We act with love for Earth and all life in alignment with the overwhelming scientific understanding of Earth’s  climate system, the call of our faith, and the mission of our Fellowship. To pursue that vision, we will provide opportunities, encouragement, and support for members and friends to act to mitigate climate change, adapt and build resilience to climate change, and  secure justice for those most impacted but least responsible for and with the fewest resources to face climate change.

 

We will work to reduce and to take responsibility for carbon emissions, both as a facility and as members/friends, to support legislation and policy endorsed by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) and frontline communities that furthers  mitigation, adaptation/resilience, and climate justice, and to seek opportunities to follow the leadership of BIPOC and frontline communities in their work on climate change, adaptation/resilience, and justice.

 

As of spring  2022, active projects include:

  1. Climate Lens: This effort has two goals.  First, to empower UUFC teams with tools to help keep climate impacts in mind during decision making.  Second, to help UUFC teams inspire each other to make commitments around climate impacts and climate justice. Jed Irvine, <jedirv@gmail.com>.
  2. Legislative Action: Often in collaboration with other UUFC Justice teams, we work to influence climate-related policy and legislation at the state and national level.  Deborah Clark, <clark@lifetime.oregonstate.edu>.
  3. Net Zero: The top priority of this project is to reduce UUFC’s carbon emissions, both as an institution and in the personal lives of members and friends.  We then help facilitate taking responsibility for residual emissions on both fronts. Michael Hughes, <a.hughes1951@gmail.com>.
  4. Trees: UUFC members and friends plant and care for trees on our campus and in collaboration with the Corvallis Urban Forestry program across our broader community.  John Bailey, <bailey61@comcast.net>.
  5. Wildlife Certification: The Climate Action Team supports the UUFC Grounds Stewards and neighboring Zen Center in pursuing wildlife certification for the combined campuses of the two faith communities. Michael Hughes, <a.hughes1951@gmail.com>.

For more information on faith-based climate action, contact Jed Irvine <jedirv@gmail.com > or Michael Hughes <michael.a.hughes1951@gmail.com>.  Also, please join the Climate Action space on Mighty Networks <https://uu-fellowship-of-corvallis.mn.co/share/1N-i43vfOASR_YLj?utm_source=manual>.

More Information <here>, or contact Jed Irvine, <jedirv@gmail.com>.

UUFC Climate Action Team @ https://uucorvallis.org/uufc-climate-action/

 

What is the Climate Action Team?

The Climate Action Team works to engage UUFC members and friends in ambitious, effective, collaborative action to (a) mitigate climate change, (b) build resilience and adaptations in the face of climate change, and (c) secure justice for those most impacted by, but least responsible for, climate change.

 

Who is the Climate Action Team? The Climate Action team is composed of a core group of members (CATcore) who meet regularly to coordinate actions (first Thu, 5:00pm), a larger group of UUFC members and friends who follow through on those actions, and a small group of leaders who plan and facilitate decision making (CATleads).  Information about climate actions and related information is routed to the following outlets:

  • UUFC Monthly Newsletter
  • UUFC Weekly Announcements
  • The Climate Action Team Space on the UUFC’s social network (Climate Action Team (mn.co)
  • The UUFC 7th Principle group (uufc-7th@google-groups.com), whose primary focus is discussing the health of the Earth and its climate, and sharing good news about work to build a sustainable future.

For more information, contact Jed Irvine, <jedirv@gmail.com>.

 

What is the Climate Action Team doing? 

The Climate Action Team’s (CAT) work evolves as new projects are added in response to opportunities and interests and as other projects come to an end.  As of summer 2021, active projects include:

  1. Climate Lens: This effort has two goals.  First, to empower UUFC teams with tools that can help them keep climate impacts in mind during decision making.  Second, to help UUFC teams inspire each other to make commitments around climate impacts and climate justice. Jed Irvine, <jedirv@gmail.com>.
  2. Legislative Action: Often in collaboration with other UUFC Justice teams, the Climate Action Team works to influence climate-related policy and legislation at the state and national level.  Deborah Clark, <clark@lifetime.oregonstate.edu>.
  3. Net Zero: The top priority of this project is to reduce UUFC’s carbon emissions, both as an institution and in the personal lives of members and friends.  We then help facilitate taking responsibility for residual emissions on both fronts. Michael Hughes, <a.hughes1951@gmail.com>.
  4. Trees: UUFC members and friends plant and care for trees on our campus and in collaboration with the Corvallis Urban Forestry program across our broader community.  John Bailey, <bailey61@comcast.net>.
  5. Wildlife Certification: The Climate Action Team supports the UUFC Grounds Stewards and neighboring Zen Center in pursuing wildlife certification for the combined campuses of the two faith communities. Michael Hughes, <a.hughes1951@gmail.com>.