“Whereas current human practices are pushing Earth’s essential life-sustaining systems beyond their limits…”
At Beacon’s Annual Congregational Meeting on June 2, we will be called to vote on a resolution of Environmental Policy. Adopting this resolution makes a public statement of Beacon’s deep concerns about the threats to our environment and commits us to work to restore and maintain a flourishing world
There will be informational town hall meetings to review the resolution and answer questions: One on Sunday, May 5 at 12:30 PM, and one on Wednesday, May 22 at 7:30 PM. A recording of the town hall will also be uploaded and available for viewing for those who are unable to attend either of the presentations in person.
Beacon members will vote at the June 2 Annual Meeting. You may check with the office to ensure your membership will be current as of June 2 in order to make your voice heard.
A text of the resolution follows.
Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit
Whereas current human practices are pushing Earth’s essential life-sustaining systems beyond their limits, creating an emergency threatening all living things, including humankind;
Whereas the interdependent web of life is endangered by catastrophes that threaten both us and our descendants with mass suffering;
Whereas environmental degradation and climate change are fundamentally moral crises that can and must be addressed by modifying human activity to restore and maintain a flourishing world;
Whereas many effective means to limit climate change and mitigate environmental degradation exist and more are being developed;
Whereas personal, public, and political will are urgently required to implement mitigating strategies now and into the future;
Whereas looming environmental catastrophes disproportionately impact the poor and vulnerable; and
Whereas we are in solidarity with communities who have been repeatedly impacted by a wide range of environmental assaults and we seek justice, equity, and compassion in human relations; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, that Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit will
- continually review and improve the environmental practices in our homes andat Beacon in order to to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions;
- educate ourselves about the environmental practices of our own communities and work to improve them;
- prioritize the needs of marginalized communities so that those most in need of redress from environmental harm receive help frst;
- investigate potential solutions to environmental problems and support laws and policies that promote those solutions;
- examine and challenge economic and social structures that sustain and exacerbate environmental crises;
- participate in acts of protest and public witness to redirect government, business, and society toward environmental responsibility; and
- partner with faith-based, civic, environmental and other non-partisan groups when they are engaged in eforts consistent with this resolution.
Beacon gratefully acknowledges the inspiration provided by the UUA 2015 Action of Immediate Witness.