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Climate Justice Organizing: What’s Next?

Get involved with community-led advocacy in the wake of the historic world climate strikes.

With this year’s Global Climate Strikes, it’s been breathtaking to witness the active participation of millions of people, following the lead of youth activists—unified globally behind one goal: climate justice. Our members and supporters answered the call to get involved and demand that our governments address the climate crisis like the emergency that it is. Unitarian Universalists came out in the thousands across the country—alongside people of all faiths, bringing moral clarity and conviction in the struggle for justice. Thank you for your part in the Global Climate Strikes.

The climate movement has become energized like never before—so let’s build on this attention and keep up the pressure! So what’s the next step? Our coalition partners are planning a webinar on October 16, 7 p.m. EST to discuss how we will reach our next milestones, working alongside youth advocates fighting for their future and the survival of our planet. Register now to join us live or to be notified when the recording is available.

We are asking for our UUSC climate activists’ help with three strategies:

Build locally
Young people propelled the Climate Strikes into one of the largest climate rallies in history. They share a clear understanding that inaction by previous generations’ leaders must end. Support the efforts of local youth-led movements by creating relationships, learning from their tenacity, and aligning strategies that builds upon their networks. Strengthen the youth ministries in your congregation, reaching out to the UU College of Social Justice for experiential learning opportunities for youth and the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries office for resources.

Move nationally 
We the people create and sustain change locally, regionally, and state-by-state—which feeds into the larger movement! A new vibrant coalition has come together from the climate strikes moving forward together, developing a diverse set of strategies to address the climate crisis. Ensuring our faith community does our part is essential to being good allies.

During our upcoming webinar, we’ll discuss how UUSC activists can plug into this broad coalition work. We will hear from local, regional, and national leaders on the accomplishments of the Climate Strikes and explore new opportunities for growing the movement, including creating a sustainable economy that respects our climate and guaranteeing dignified transitions for people affected by climate displacement.

Act globally by voting your values
We are called to engage in climate justice work at every level possible. Activating the guiding principles of our faith will drive our campaigns for climate justice to success. We must continue to resist extractive and polluting industries, corporate greed, and state-sanctioned violence that protect an unsustainable way of life. We must push back against laws and policies that persecute climate refugees, water protectors, and environmental protesters. We must support Indigenous Peoples fighting for their right to survival, land, and dignity. We have the power to bring our vision, our resources, our voices and votes into right relationship with communities most impacted who are leading the way into sustainable and equitable futures.

The Youth Climate Strike coalition has issued a set of concrete demands, which you can use to guide your legislative and voting efforts.

Resources to fuel your work over the long haul

  • Visit UUSC’s action hub for tools for taking action, research publications, signage, and more.
  • Connect with other UUs to continue the conversation, share information, and build your organizing and advocacy skills for climate justice.
  • Sign up for UUSC’s climate activist list to receive regular updates about our climate justice work and opportunities for taking action:

 

Photo Credit: Peter Bowden