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climateprojection 02.17

The study and appreciation of our earth is deeply grounded in our Unitarian Universalist faith. Our seventh principle reminds us that everything on this earth is connected and dependent on one another. This is a very important tenet of our faith, especially as it relates to our beliefs and actions on climate change. How we approach our work with our environment and dealing with global climate change will differ with each person, but as Unitarian Universalist we are committed to action.

SJ Enviro Scharf 07.17Ethics, Geo-Engineering and the Climate Challenge

  • Wednesday, July 5, 6:30 pm Fogelson
    Guest Speaker: Cynthia Scharf

Cynthia Scharf is senior strategy director of the Carnegie Climate Geoengineering Governance Initiative and a fellow with Children's Investment Fund Foundation.

Scharf previously served as the head of strategic communications and chief speechwriter on climate change for United Nations secretary-general from 2009-2016. As a senior member of the secretary-general's Climate Change Support Team, she played a key role in the secretary-general's two global climate change summits (2014 and 2009) and advised  the secretary-general during the UNFCCC negotiations, including the Paris climate change agreement in 2015. 

”My special interest is ensuring that inter-generational equity issues are part of the governance discussions, and that the many very serious ethical issues involved in geoengineering are addressed by civil society, faith communities and conveyed to governments as they deliberate. It's critically important that these ethical and inter-generational concerns are taken into account, as geoengineering could affect the fate of generations to come, as well as the world's poorest communities.“

Event is free and open to all (bring a young person with you). Free will offering. Light refreshments served

Co-sponsored by New Mexico Interfaith Power and Light, New Mexico Conference of Churches and Unitarian Universalist Santa Fe Social Justice Team


In the face of this historic threat to our existence on the planet, the UUA and UUSC are joining with the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association in Commit2Respond, a religious response to the crisis of climate change. Commit2Respond is an initiative for climate justice awareness and action. We invite UUs and all people of faith and conscience to commit to respond in these three action areas:

•Grow the climate justice movement

•Advance the human rights of marginalized communities

•Shift to clean and renewable energy

Some Resources for you to explore:

Unitarian Universalist Sources:

UU-UNO Climate Change Task Force

For Spiritual Exploration:

The Work of Joanna Macy and Work That Reconnects

Scientific Resources:

Union of Concerned Scientist – Global Warming

National Climate Assessment 2014 

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