Study Issue: Environmental Justice

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The Green Sanctuary and Social Justice Committees have teamed up to go BIG on this year’s Social Justice Study Issue – the environment – especially issues surrounding environmental justice!   The following is a list of the activities (e.g., sermons, films, book discussions, educational programs) scheduled throughout the year to help us learn and act on environmental justice issues in general as well as those close to home.

What is environmental justice? Read one explanation here.

Check back periodically for updates!

OCTOBER

October 6       Challenging Chapters Discussion: Roots of Environmental Crisis

October 13     Journal Club – discuss the science of Climate Change

October 19     Film: Paris to Pittsburgh followed by discussion of Paris Pledge

October 26     Hidden Pond will conduct an animal talk for children during the auction, focusing on how climate change, habitat destruction, etc. can impact our native animals.

October 27     Challenging Chapters Discussion: Roots of Environmental Crisis            

NOVEMBER 

November 3     Environmental sermon by Dr. Faith Harris

November 10   Stream monitoring – perform citizen science and assess the health of the stream on AUUC property

November 17   Sermon by Rev. Pippin supporting ‘Climate in the Pulpits’ and the Paris Pledge

DECEMBER

December 13   Environmental justice-related film (G-rated) during Holiday Drop and Shop

JANUARY

TBD               Multi-part Adult Spiritual Development class based on based on the book Climate Change: What Everyone Needs to Know and some essays from Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class and Environment

FEBRUARY

TBD               Stream monitoring – perform citizen science and assess the health of the stream on AUUC property

MARCH

TBD               Environmental film

TBD               Multi-generational tour of Lorton landfill which connects the dots between refuse leaving house and the landfill.

TBD               Panel discussion (pros/cons) on the Covanta (landfill incinerator) issue

APRIL

April 19                 Earth Day Sermon by Rev. Pippin

April 19                 Outreach Collection for Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions (FACS)

TBD               Climate Art Exhibit 

TBD               Write Here/Write Now on an environmental issue in conjunction with UUSJ

TBD               Hill visit in conjunction with UUSJ Advocacy Corps

MAY/JUNE

TBD              Stream monitoring – perform citizen science and assess the health of the stream on AUUC property

TBD              Statement of Conscience