In 2014, the Green Team was formed to continue work on environmental issues. The Green Team developed the Solar Panel Project, which culminated in a successful fund raising event and the installation of Solar Panels on the church in July 2015. See the chart on the Lounge window to measure our success and the amazing energy savings.
A Brief History of Our Green Sanctuary
A Green Sanctuary is a congregation that lives out its commitment to the Earth by creating a sustainable life style for its members as individuals and as a faith community. Sustainable living is not about our material comfort (though these choices are an important part of the overall lifestyle); it is about choosing to live in a way that nurtures life, builds relationships, and rejects material consumption as the sole measure of happiness.
In 2007, the Green Sanctuary leaders began to gather information about current energy consumption, recycling habits, food and shopping choices, and the use of toxic substances – both around the campus and at the homes of members. Based on that data, the Green Sanctuary leaders identified areas for education and improvement and are currently designing twelve projects to submit with the application for Candidacy in the UUA Green Sanctuary Program.
As of 2013, much of the work for Green Sanctuary Certification had been done. We have held services, improved our water and electric usage, planted native plants, held classes on vegan eating, saved a local park, and monitored air quality projects near the port. One big piece we are missing is an all church project for environmental justice in which we partner with another organization. Please contact Social Action HERE, if you have ideas for this project.
On May 7, 2017, our congregation unanimously passed the following:
Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach
Resolution on Climate Change
WHEREAS, global climate change is a moral and ethical crisis induced and exacerbated by human activity; and
WHEREAS, this climate crisis can and must be addressed to maintain a livable world for ourselves, our descendants, and all species; and
WHEREAS, we recognize that, while our individual efforts to be non-polluters are important, we cannot solely rely on personal choice to halt climate change; and
WHEREAS, on Aug. 23, 2016, the Assembly and the Senate of the State of California, in AJR 43 jointly urged the United States Congress to enact, without delay, a tax on carbon-based fossil fuels, with the tax revenue being returned to middle and low-income households; and
WHEREAS, on Sept 20, 2016, 375 National Academy of Sciences members signed an open letter expressing frustration at political inaction on climate change; and
WHEREAS, as of December 2016, 195 UN member nations, including the United States, have signed the “Paris Agreement” COP21 which sets global standards and timelines for worldwide reduction of greenhouse gases, and the Paris Agreement entered into force; and
WHEREAS, Unitarian Universalists overwhelmingly voted to adopt a Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming and Climate Change in 2006, and voted again in 2015 to pass a Resolution on Climate Change; and
WHEREAS, in October 2014, Peter Morales, Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President and Bill Schulz, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President and CEO, both affirmed that, “The crisis of climate change is the gravest threat facing our world today”; and
WHEREAS, 77 members and friends of UUCLB signed the “Paris Pledge” in an act of solidarity with global leaders and nations before the 2015 UN Climate Talks in Paris; and
WHEREAS, our Unitarian Universalist Principles compel us to act on climate change; therefore
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach calls on the US Congress to keep the promises our country made at the “Paris Agreement,” to pass legislation to reduce carbon emissions; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the first carbon legislation must place a fee on fossil fuels, and that revenue from said carbon fee be returned to all American households to protect them from the impact of rising fuel prices and to stimulate the economy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Unitarian Universalist Church of Long Beach commits as a congregation to actively support any campaign or legislation, approved by our Board of Trustees, to mitigate climate change on the local, state and national level.
The Green Team is also encouraging support of these Local and Interfaith Climate initiatives:
We also encourage more recycling, and frequently include green tips in our Order of Service or Announcements.