Our Congregation acts to promote and preserve environmental justice.
The seventh UU Principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” At UU Falmouth we help each other to act as environmental stewards. We strive to live “green” as individuals, as a community, and with other groups on the Cape and around the planet. (An article by Reverend Bob Murphy of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tarpon Springs, FL: Environmental Justice and the Unitarian Universalists
We are a UUA accredited Green Sanctuary congregation meaning we have made a commitment to make every aspect of congregational life as sustainable and environmentally responsible as possible.
You can start living as a Green Sanctuary in everything you do to save Earth and life as we know it! Make as many of these changes as you can:
1) Stop using oil and gas: Switch to renewable energy sources now to get to zero carbon emissions
2) Get rid of your gas vehicle and use an electric one when you must drive
3) Cut down on flying and sailing on cruise liners and switch them to hydrogen power
4) Reuse, reduce, and recycle in every part of your life to get to zero waste
5) Eat less meat and more local, in-season foods
6) Insist that our local and national policy makers institute changes to reverse climate change and the destruction of our environment.
Our personal electronic devices need to be recycled, not trashed. It’s a triple Win: Save the environment. Follow the law. Protect our kids and their kids from the dangerous chemicals, especially lead and mercury, and other dangerous components that seep into the ground and water table. It’s easy. Check out the Massachusetts guidelines and resources:
UU Falmouth’s Green Sanctuary Vision
Everyone at UUFF helps each other to live green as environmental stewards, based on the 7th UU Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of life: Individually, as a community, and with other groups on the Cape and around the planet.
- We proactively seek out ways to preserve our environment and the natural beauty and wonder of our planet and all living things around us.
- We learn and educate each other for green awareness, knowledge, and empowerment.
- We live green in everything we do at UU Falmouth and in all parts of our lives.
- We serve as green citizen-scientists, seeking and trying out new possibilities and actions to sustain our planet
- We collaborate with other green organizations for greater impact
UU Falmouth is offsetting over a ton of carbon with our solar panels last month alone. Our solar really makes a difference while saving us money at the same time. Why doesn’t everybody switch to solar? If every UU Falmouth member relied on solar, guess how much we could together reduce our carbon footprint.
Did you come close to our estimate of how much we could together reduce our carbon footprint if every UU Falmouth member relied on solar energy? The answer is over 2000 metric tons of carbon emissions per year and over $200,000 in electric bills. If you don’t have solar for your home and want to look into it try going to https://www.solar-estimate.org
UU Falmouth is a leader of the Faith Communities Environmental Network of Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative
UU Falmouth is a Stakeholder representative of the Cape Cod Commission’s Climate Change Initiative’s Energy Group.
Our congregational climate adaptation goal for the coming year is to reduce the carbon footprint of our homes by 20%. Each of us can make a real difference by shifting to renewable electric sources, installing home solar where possible, shifting away from gas and oil heat and hot water use, and making our homes and our daily lives more energy efficient.
From the Cape Cod Climate Change Coalition: Twenty Actions to Reduce you Carbon Footprint
Links to environmental justice organizations:
- UUA Environmental Justice
- Sierra Club – Cape Cod and Islands Group
- Silent Spring Institute
- EPA New England – Region 1
- EPA Environmental Justice
- Alternatives for
Community and Environments (ACE)
- Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative