Climate Justice Month and You

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Here it comes – Climate Justice Month starts this Sunday, March 22nd, on World Water Day.  We at OUUC will have a climate justice worship service on that first Sunday.

Then, for the month from now until Earth Day, we are all asked to reflect and act together on behalf of our planet and the climate.  With weekly theological themes and action prompts, you can follow along as a family or an individual by signing up at Commit2Respond.  You can also like Commit2Respond on Facebook or Twitter.

Then What?

1.  Read my post from last year about developmentally appropriate environmental education.  Think about how old your kids are and what they are ready for right now.  There is a way to engage all ages with climate justice, but it may look different for different kids.

2.  Take the pledge and work to reduce your household carbon footprint.  There is a good tool available through the Washington State Department of Ecology.

3.  And, because I believe that for us to truly step up to protect the planet we must first love nature and combat “ecophobia” in our culture, just try to get you and your kids outside more!  Consider the idea of “1000 Hours“, or that a child should spend 1000 hours outside during their childhood, and/or read Last Child in the Woods:  Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder


Going to General Assembly? Taking the Family?

General Assembly is coming to Portland in June! GA is the annual gathering of the UUA and brings UU’s from all around the country together.  It can be an amazing experience to see so many UU’s in one place: worshipping, learning, practicing democracy, and witnessing together.  The location of General Assembly moves around the country, and is rarely this close and easily accessible for us on the West Coast.  I have never taken my children to a General Assembly before, because of the cost of airfare, but this year we can drive and so I will take the kids.  I’ve got them signed up for the childcare and for the Kids Camp!

If you don’t want or need the childcare, Child-With-Parent registration for GA is free.  But there is also childcare, a UU kids camp for the middle graders, and youth caucus for high schoolers that you can sign up for.  Many of the events and workshops at GA are also designed to be multigenerational.  I think it’s a wonderful opportunity for all the families at OUUC to have GA so close this year!  Registration will open on March 2nd, and childcare spots are limited.  Register early if you want to save yourself a spot.  See the UUA website for more information.