- Environmental Justice Description
The Unitarian Universalist Association describes environmental justice in the following manner: “The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism (UUism) calls us to affirm and promote ‘respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.’ More than just a recognition of ecological interdependency, our seventh principle calls us to recognize that human beings are part of this mutuality. Too often the ‘environmental movement’ and the ‘racial/economic justice movement’ have been seen as competing with each other. Environmental justice is the recognition that the same paradigm of dominion that has led to global warming also reinforces economic and racial inequities. Only by seeking solutions that address both can we solve either.”
- Task Force Focus
The Environmental Task Force is focusing on three issues:
- Promoting renewable energy and conservation
- Prevent Fracking for Natural Gas in the Delaware Valley
- Reinstatement of New Jersey in RGGI (Regional Greenhouse Gases Initiative
Developing legislation with NJ FREE, a coalition of environmental and like minded groups, UULMNJ supports setting ambitious goals for the use of renewable energy and providing incentives to promote energy consumption. The measure would boost NJ’s reliance on renewable energy to 80% by 2050, with five year goals set between, and slash energy consumption by 30% at the same time.
The Delaware River Basin Commission has the power to block fracking for natural gas in this area. Working with Food and Water Watch and other groups, UULMNJ is voicing our concern for our water source. In addition, we are working on legislation with some of these same groups, including the Sierra Club and NJ Environmental Federation, in stopping the transportation in New Jersey of waste from fracking activities in other states.
Governor Chris Christie pulled New Jersey out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and UULMNJ thinks this is wrong. Working through the legislature we are attempting to override this decision that promotes the use of more fossil fuel burning in the state.
- Task Force Contact
For more information or to get involved with the work of this Task Force contact the Task Force Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Task Force Annual Report
- DEP’s Environmental Justice screening tool article 2017
- UUA – Environmental Justice and Sustainability
- UU Ministry for Earth
An affiliate organization of the UUA, their mission is to facilitate and support the work of UUs by affirming and promoting the Seventh Principle of the UUA, “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
- Policy Briefs
UULMNJ Marching for a Clean Energy Revolution!
Americans Against Fracking and Pennsylvanians Against Fracking have organized the March for a Clean Energy Revo...
ACTION ALERT: Renewable Energy Legislation for Earth Day!
In a 2006 Statement of Conscience the Unitarian Universalist Association stated: “Earth is our home. We are part...
Opinion: Crisis, What Crisis? Christie’s Disturbing Views on Climate Change
Bill Potter, Chair of the UULMNJ Environmental Task Force has written an excellent article emphasizing the need to...