Graphic of EarthThe Climate Crisis Action Team is a group of over 70 UUAA members and friends who share concern about climate change and seek to take actions, big and small, to move our planet toward a sustainable future.

We need new perspectives on climate action!


Healing and Protecting the Great Lakes

On November 21, 2019, the UUAA Climate Crisis Action group sponsored a forum to raise awareness about the ways in which climate change is affecting the Great Lakes and what we can do as residents of Michigan to help heal and protect them. The forum was organized by two concerned citizens who were asking the question, as the climate crisis deepens, what could we possibly do to heal and protect our earth?  In the words of Dorothy Ann Coyne, one of the lead organizers, “it has been said  that it is best if we simply bloom where we are planted, and we are planted where 20% of the world's fresh water is held. Here in Michigan we find ourselves inextricably linked to this treasure on Earth and we're being called to help heal and protect. It seems inevitable that the world-wide water crisis, which is already huge, will only increase with the changing climate conditions. As we explore and enjoy each Great Lake, we must keep in mind the many ways they are threatened.”  Andy Buchsbaum, a leader with the National Wildlife Federation, graciously shared what he's learned through his work with others as the co-founder and co-chair of the Healing Our Waters coalition.  Through this collaborative effort, Andy helped to secure an unprecedented $1.6 billion in federal funding for Great Lakes restoration and establish new state and federal laws to protect Great Lakes water supplies.

A video of the event and links to other resources are here  

A summary report of the event can be found here

This event was sponsored by the UUAA Climate Crisis Action group as part of a commitment to engage congregants and members of the broader community in learning and action that promote peace, justice, and positive environmental action locally and beyond.

Please contact Jeannine LaPrad, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions about this event or ideas for future ones.


Climate Café.

On June 10, 2018, the Climate Action Group hosted a Climate Café, discussing the question:

How can we build an urgency-focused climate action program that will thrive, be sustainable and reflect our UU Principles?

The ideas generated in group discussions ranged from specific “what to do” both within UUAA and within the greater Ann Arbor area to thoughts on “how to do”. Read the Summary Report from the Climate Café.

 


Our Climate Crisis Action Group was one of the sponsors of the September 20th, 2019 Global Climate Strike rally in Ann Arbor.

2019ClimateStrike webSome of the many UUAA members and friends who attended the Ann Arbor Global Climate Strike rally.

 


The video below shows the December 12, 2015 Michigan Climate March at the University of Michigan where our then Senior Minister, Rev. Gail Geisenhainer spoke:

 

 

The Climate Crisis Action Team has a relationship with the Ann Arbor Chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby. Citizens Climate Lobby focuses on generating popular support for a carbon fee and carbon dividend, in which a fee would be placed on CO2-generating fossil fuels at the wellhead, mine, or point of import. The resulting collection would be distributed to the American people. The goal is to provide an economic foundation to promote reduced CO2 generation and development of sustainable energy sources. Monthly meetings are held at UUAA, generally on the first Saturday of each month at 12:45pm. See calendar for details.

The Climate Crisis Action Team also hosts occasional forums and events at UUAA.

We welcome new participants. We also welcome suggestions how we, as a group and as individuals, can support ACTION on dealing with climate change.