The Birmingham Unitarian Church Environmental Action group focuses on:
- Raising the consciousness of the congregation and the community about issues of sustainability and earth justice—specifically carbon footprint, environmental justice and climate change
- Offering specific opportunities to act on these as individuals and families, in our homes, in our congregation and as citizens of the local and global community.
- Fulfilling the commitments made in the Climate Change Resolution of 2020.
7th Principle Plan for Environmental Sustainability at BUC
In 2022 the Environmental Action team created the 7th Principle Plan, proposing a long list of actions the congregation can take to improve our sustainability. The Plan was approved by 96% of voters at our Annual Meeting in May, and the team is in the process of implementing the Plan. Town Halls will be held twice yearly to update the congregation on our progress, and updates will be sent out from time to time in the weekly email from BUC Communications. A copy of the Plan is here.
6 Trees for the 7th Principle
Based on the idea that if everyone were to plant 6 trees we might save our environment for human habitation, we started a tree planting project. Learn more here.
BUC earned the UUA’s Green Sanctuary designation in 2012.
Since then the Green Sanctuary Ministry at BUC has hosted many services focused on environmental topics, changed out dozens of lightbulbs for LED bulbs, held courses and book discussion groups, worked with our youth groups, and raised funds for recycling pickup through the sale of reusable shopping bags, among many other activities.
In 2019/2020 the UUA has ‘refreshed’ the program, with three focus areas: Mitigation, Adaptation, and Environmental Justice. The Environmental Action team is working to address those areas as well as fulfill the Climate Change Resolution.
Learn more here.
Climate Change Resolution of 2020
The Climate Change Resolution of 2020 was approved overwhelmingly at the BUC Annual Meeting in June 2020. The Resolution committed us to:
- Continuing support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (currently being promoted by the Citizens Climate Lobby)
- Education on the use of fossil fuels, their impacts, and alternative energy sources, including the carbon footprint of our church campus and our individual homes and how it can be reduced
- Education on environmental justice and collaboration with frontline communities
- Rededication to our membership in the UUA Green Sanctuary program which includes work in the general areas of mitigation, adaptation, and environmental justice.
All members and friends of BUC are welcome to join the Environmental Action group, and/or to participate in our programs. To find out more, contact Jane ONeil at firstname.lastname@example.org.