Communities throughout the world are facing threats to their water access as a result of climate change. UUSC's Climate Justice Sunday program invites you to learn more about water issues in your own community, while also helping families near Kenya's Kakamega rain forest and in other places to protect their water supplies. Individuals, families, groups, and congregations are all encouraged to participate.

For groups and congregations, UUSC recommends March 22 (World Water Day) to launch your Climate Justice Sunday program. We hope that you will use our action, education, and worship resources to deepen your understanding and engagement over several weeks and conclude around April 22 (Earth Day). However, we encourage groups to set the date that best fits your respective calendars.

UUSC recommends March 22 (World Water Day) to launch your Climate Justice Sunday program. We hope that groups will use our action, education, and worship resources to deepen their understanding and advocacy on water accessibility and affordability over several weeks and conclude around April 22 (Earth Day).  – See more at: http://www.uusc.org/justice-sunday-2015-frequently-asked-questions#sthash.ubRLm9GK.dpuf

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The Climate Justice Sunday resources below are sorted into three categories: action, education, and worship. Do not feel compelled to undertake it all! Please select activities that are a good fit for your group.

Action

  • Sign up to take part in the Blue Buckets campaign to promote the human right to water in your own community and around the world! Ready to bring Blue Buckets to your own community? Here are a few suggestions for your blue bucket:
    • Use it as a rain barrel that you collect rain water in (where allowed) and water your congregational or community garden.
    • Hold a water ritual and raise awareness of the human right to water. See these water ritual suggestions that draw from elements of the Taize tradition and are adapted for a UU context (PDF).
    • Paint an empty bucket or barrel — especially if you live in a drought area — with a statement like “water is a human right” and place outside your home or congregation
    • Develop your own idea for a creative community project involving an empty bucket. Have a new idea for how an empty bucket can draw attention to water and climate change? Send an e-mail to volunteerservices@uusc.org. For example:
      • Line up rows of empty buckets or barrels on your congregation's lawn, accompanied by a sign explaining how climate change impacts water.
      • Fill the buckets with postcards to lawmakers to promote the human right to water.
      • Invite community members to fill a bucket with images or words describing a place that is important to them and is threatened by climate change.
  • Use your buckets to raise funds to support responses to climate change!
    • Ready to make your gift to support families in Kenya and other communities that are facing climate change? Make your online donation here.
    • Engage your family and community in raising money:
      • If you are a member of a congregation, take a collection using blue buckets.
      • Donate your birthday (or another special occasion). Ask friends and family to make a donation online on your special day.
  • Find buckets from various sources that may be happy to provide them for free. If you are going to use the water in the buckets, just make sure that the buckets are food-grade plastic and have not contained anything toxic! Possible sources for buckets include the following:
    • Water bottling companies
    • Restaurants, donut shops, etc.
    • Home goods supply stores

Education

Worship