Recent Climate Justice Blog Posts

Climate Justice: A Four-Session Study Guide


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This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, by Naomi Klein


Climate change is clearly the most challenging issue of our times. It will impact nearly every dimension of our lives in the coming years – but it will not affect all people equally. Its manifestations in recent years have included devastating rains and floods, increasingly harsh droughts, and massive hurricanes. People living in the areas most vulnerable to these weather events are nearly always those who are poorest, who have the least access to channels of power and who are often left behind during recovery efforts.

As people of faith committed to human rights, it is essential that we understand the current and future consequences of climate change, and that we do all that we can to ensure that our nation drastically cuts carbon emissions. But at the same time we must find ways to work in solidarity with frontline communities, where structural injustices make entire populations acutely vulnerable to climate change and often further disempowered during recovery efforts.

Beginning in 2015, UUCSJ created two experiential learning programs connected to climate justice: Hurricane Sandy Recovery in Brooklyn, NY, and Solidarity with First Nations in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. Our climate justice resources have been developed for two purposes: to assist those returning from one of these UUCSJ programs in sharing what they’ve learned with their communities; and to help those who are not connected to our programs (yet!) but who want to explore with others the complex issues of climate justice.

We will continue to develop these resources in the coming months and welcome suggestions for how they may be improved.

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As news of the  COVID-19 virus unfolds, we at the College of Social Justice are assessing next steps. While we are all in a state of uncertainty, we are acting with caution for the well-being of our participants, partners, staff, and most vulnerable community members.

With the guidance of the UUA, UUSC, and recommendations from the CDC, and in communication with our friends and partners, we have decided to postpone all CSJ in person programing (youth visits, journeys, etc) through May 2020. Those participants have been notified and we are grateful for the understanding, love, and support we have received in response.

These are the only programs that have been postponed for now, but things may change as we receive more information. We are also thinking of creative ways to bring more of our programming online and would love to hear ideas from you!

 We are all in community together and we are grateful for the ways in which you choose to show up, bear witness, and take action for the communities and partners we serve. Please be safe and if there is anything that we can do to be supportive of you, don’t hesitate to reach out.