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My Response to Tim DeChristopher's Sentencing

Dear UU  friends,

Yesterday, July 26, 2011, I attended the sentencing hearing for Tim DeChristopher.  Afterward, I went to jail with his supporters in an act of civil disobedience intended to demonstrate our resolve to support Tim.  It was a profoundly transformative experience that has greatly reinforced my resolve to work for strong action on climate change.

Ethical Eating?

Dear UU’s and especially my vegetarian friends:

Sorry I didn't respond to the Ethical Eating SOC draft sooner.  I have been thinking about food a lot lately.  I just finished a 40 day fast as part of my commitment to the UU Ministry for Earth’s 40/40 water justice campaign and in support of the UUUtah 6 and other Powershift arrestees.  Remember, climate justice IS social justice.

I have been reading a lot about the controversy over the Ethical Eating Statement of Conscience, just waiting to respond thoughtfully, without seeming too callous or offensive.

Please support UU Timothy DeChristopher - TODAY!

At the beginning of this country, Paul Revere spread the alarm "One if by land, two if by sea".  If he were alive today, he would have added "and three if by air". 

Today, that is Tim DeChristopher's clarion call.  For this premminent threat of the 21st century is indeed by air; air that is being increasingly fouled by our greenhouse gases.

Globally Hot Summer Climate Change Reading

Summer is over in the Sonoran Desert.  Fall and winter blurr together here, so if you'll excuse me, its time to post my summer reading.

I have been reading a lot about climate change lately.  After finishing Bill McKibben’s Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet earlier this summer, I became fixated on the public perception of global warming.  Do people really understand at depth the kind of changes to Eaarth and changes to our behavior that McKibben wrote about? 

Is solar power on the White House a moral issue?

Dear UU friends:

As a layperson who has studied environmental justice issues a bit, I have a moral quandry that has been irking me.

Are solar collectors on the White House roof more than just technology?  Maybe a political and spiritual symbol, too?

Is the No Impact Man a Unitarian Universalist?

A No Impact Unitarian Universalist?

This is not just a book review, but also part exploration of my own quest to lead a more sustainable life blended with an explanation of the No Impact Project.  It is as if the author, Colin Beavan and I got together after trying to put into action all lists of 1001 Things You Can Do to Save the Earth, and compared notes.  His results, while eminently more publishable and very different than my efforts, give great insight into the chaos that most of us encounter when we try to engage in a personal low-carbon lifestyle makeover.

"Eaarth — Making a Life on a Tough New Planet"


Bill McKibben has just done it again, just when I thought he had published the definitive book on climate justice and sustainability, he has done it again, with Eaarth.  When I read his previous book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, after meeting him at a UU Ministry for Earth board meeting last fall, I was impressed how his grasp of the complexity of the social issues involved in sustaining our society had grown since 1989, when he wrote The End of Nature.

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