Global Warming/Climate Change

Global warming is the changing of our global climate because of the build-up of carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels. UUMFE believes that global warming is an urgent moral crisis that demands unprecedented changes in how we live our lives, while recognizing the reality that most of us cannot immediately give up our cars, remodel our homes with alternative energy options for heat and electricity, or avoid some air travel. As we work hard to change our behaviors and to move our society as rapidly as possible towards sustainable solutions, what can we begin to do right now?

We can reduce our carbon footprints

By calculating how much carbon is produced in our daily activities and offsetting that carbon with dollars that can be used to support the development of renewable energy sources, we can build positive change. We are all responsible for climate change when we use electricity from coal plants to power our homes, gasoline in our cars and jet fuel in planes. Everything we consume - clothes, food, electronics, etc. - is made using energy which contributes to climate change. We can all be part of the solution to reduce CO2.

We can learn

Read the 2006 UUA Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change.

See how other faith traditions view climate change issues in Faith Based Statements on Climate Change by UU mother-daughter team Ellie and Lynn Whitney.

Stay informed through this extensive current list of online climate change impact sources.

Ponder a description of a logical, sensible way forward to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change from Dr. James Hansen, head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City from 1981 to 2013 and adjunct professor in the Department of Earth And Environmental Sciences at Columbia University. He wrote this paper after the 2008 election: “Tell Barack Obama the Truth – the Whole Truth.”

Delve into the details of climate change through the "climate portal" maintained by UU scientists at the UU United Nations Office Climate Change Task Force website.

Keep up to date with Climate Change News by Delaware UU Dr. Chad Tolman, which includes the latest developments in energy and climate change science and policy.

Join the UU Global Warming E-Mail Listserv: UU Ministry for Earth has organized an e-mail list for addressing issues and actions related to the 2004-2006 Study Action Issue on the threat of global warming. Its purpose is to help UUs share technical information about the causes and implications of global warming while encouraging participants develop appropriate strategies for individuals and congregations to combat its dangers.

We can provide ways for individuals to take action

by using one of these popular resources from the First Unitarian Church, Portland, Oregon:

Global Warming Q & A

1-2-3 Program Pledge

Individual Action Tips

We can start a small group conversation

From the UUA Washington Office, Small Group Ministry Session: Hotel Earth and the Threat of Global Warming