WHAT IS COMMIT2RESPOND?
Commit2Respond is a faithful initiative to expand climate justice efforts among Unitarian Universalists and other people of conscience. We know that climate justice takes faith, and it takes collective action. It is a collective movement to:
1. Accelerate the shift to clean, renewable energy;
2. Grow our capacity for climate justice; and
3. Advance the human rights of marginalized communities in the face of climate change.
Commit2Respond is a collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, the UU College of Social Justice, UU Ministers Association, UU Ministry for Earth, and other UU groups. For more information, please visit the website at commit2respond.org.
WHAT ACTIONS ARE REQUESTED BY COMMIT2RESPOND?
The Commit2Respond website lists nine actions we can choose to take as a congregation. We do not need to take them all. Here are the suggested choices:
- We can commit to reduce our carbon footprint,
- We can join the Commit2Respond Activist Network,
- We can commit to serve and learn in an affected community,
- We can engage with the Green Sanctuary Program,
- We can divest our Congregation from Fossil Fuels,
- We can participate in a local climate awareness activity,
- We can support young Adult Climate Justice Leadership,
- We can create our own Congregational Action to grow the Movement, or
- We can create our own Congregational Action to advance Human Rights.
We have already participated in local climate awareness activities (when we petitioned the PRC to turn down PNM’s request for approval of its planned action to increase its use of nuclear- and gas- powered electrical generation, and when we joined in the Climate March last September). We are looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint and to divest our investment in fossil fuels. The Environmental Task Force has explored the Green Sanctuary Program and decided that we can get more “bang for our buck” by taking strategic actions to reduce our carbon footprint.
So, you can see that we have already participated in some of the actions that the Commit2Respond Movement suggests. Join us as we move forward.