Meets first Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. Generally, an in-person meeting is held every other month in the Social Hall. On the other months, meetings are held via Zoom. Or dial in to 1-646-876-9923 or 1-669-900-6833. Meeting ID: 462 110 433. Contact Eric Goplerud for information or to be added to the group’s email list.
UUCF’s Act for Climate Today! (ACT!), formerly Climate Action Group, was formed in 2013 by members concerned about the alarming growth of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere – the consequences of global warming, climate change and related climate justice issues. ACT! advocates for ways to respond to the human-caused climate crisis challenging all life forms on Earth.
ACT! supports climate justice because low-income and indigenous human populations are most vulnerable to climate change consequences. Public health issues such as asthma are increasing. For example, Richmond, VA, is known as the U.S. asthma capital. Climate change is already increasing migrant populations – creating climate refugees – thus putting the security of nations at risk. ACT! began programs to educate UUCF members and the larger community about global warming consequences and to advocate for GHG emission reduction by increasing energy efficiencies and sustainable renewable energies.
Viewing climate change as a moral issue, ACT! authored the UUCF Congregational Resolution on Climate Change, which UUCF members overwhelmingly approved in 2014. Grounded in the UU Seventh Principle, it guides ACT! and UUCF in responses to climate change and climate-justice-related issues.
The 2015 Paris Climate Conference resulted in an agreement that has been ratified by more than 110 countries. This agreement calls for reducing GHG emissions 50% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. In late 2015, ACT! launched the UUCF Paris Pledge Initiative, which is UUCF’s way of supporting the Paris Climate Agreement within our congregation.