Green Living Committee

We join with other UU communities across the world in engaging in Climate Justice Month, beginning on March 19 and concluding on April 23, 2017. At the 2016 UUA General Assembly, we made an Action of Immediate Witness to support the campaign "Commit 2 Respond." The world made efforts toward respect for our Earth with the Paris Talks in December, 2015. Now is the time for our work to begin. In March, 2017, we officially became a Green Sanctuary church. We are also working with the City of Santa Monica to become a Green Business.

The Green Living Committee usually meets on the first Sunday of each month to discuss how to promote Climate Justice Action in our community and beyond. We are also working to become a Green Sanctuary Church. We promote green living practices for all, and lessen our collective footprint on the earth. All are welcome at our meetings and events. Please contact green@uusm.org to verify time and date.

We ascribe to and are inspired by the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2006 Statement of Conscience on the Threat of Global Warming/Climate Change, which states in part:

Earth is our home. We are part of this world and its destiny is our own. Life on this planet will be gravely affected unless we embrace new practices, ethics, and values to guide our lives on a warming planet. As Unitarian Universalists, how can our faith inform our actions to remedy and mitigate global warming/climate change? We declare by this Statement of Conscience that we will not acquiesce to the ongoing degradation and destruction of life that human actions are leaving to our children and grandchildren. We as Unitarian Universalists are called to join with others to halt practices that fuel global warming/climate change, to instigate sustainable alternatives, and to mitigate the impending effects of global warming/climate change with just and ethical responses. As a people of faith, we commit to a renewed reverence for life and respect for the interdependent web of all existence.

Useful "Climate Justice" link:

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth - UU Ministry for Earth (formerly the Seventh Principle Project) is an affiliate organization of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Our mission is to facilitate and support the work of Unitarian Universalists by affirming and promoting the Seventh Principle of the UUA, "Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." Our members believe that the Earth is in peril from human activities, and for us as people of faith, this is a moral and spiritual crisis of utmost importance.

Take our Green Building Education Tour

Throughout our campus we have greatly invested in becoming more Sustainable. We vote for climate justice with our dollars. Take our Green Building Tour and see our creative and innovative green building features.

The Ten Commandments of Our Mother Earth

1. Thou shalt love and honor the Earth, for it blesses thy life and governs thy survival.

2. Thou shalt keep each day sacred to the Earth and celebrate the turning of its seasons.

3. Thou shalt not hold thyself above other living things nor drive them to extinction.

4. Thou shalt give thanks for thy food to the creatures and plants that nourish thee.

5. Thou shalt limit thy offspring for multitudes of people are a burden unto the Earth.

6. Thou shalt not kill nor waste Earth's riches upon weapons of war.

7. Thou shalt not pursue profit at the Earth's expense, but strive to restore it's damaged majesty.

8. Thou shalt not hide from thyself or others the consequences of thy actions upon the Earth.

9. Thou shalt not steal from future generations by impoverishing or poisoning the Earth.

10. Thou shalt consume material goods in moderation so all may share Earth's bounty.


Green Living News

Jul 2019

Living the 7th Principle
AFTER THE WOOLSEY FIRE
By Wendi Gladstone

 
In last June’s UUSM Newsletter I shared with you the adventures of the Sky Valley Volunteers (SVV) and living the UU 7th Principle. My business partner John and I revived a dormant environmental nonprofit for purposes of habitat restoration and living the 7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
 
Our operation was quite successful in its first year. We got permission from the Boeing Company at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) site and from MRCA at Sage Ranch Park and Dayton Canyon to plant a total of about 150 Coast Live Oak Trees in February 2018. Today we have about 350 trees in the ground.
 
Woolsey fireThen the Woolsey Fire happened in November 2018. The Sage Ranch forest escaped the flames, as it was just north of the fire’s onset, but the Boeing property was not as fortunate. John and I stood on a mountain top not far from our planting area and watched our nine-month-old forest burn. It was heartbreaking to say the least.
 
We weren’t given access to the site at SSFL until mid December. I knew everything had burned, but seeing it for the first time was devastating. I just fell to my knees and wept next to our “first baby” which had grown to be 18 inches tall. The area had been completely toasted.
 
Our next visit to SSFL was granted in early March. It is amazing to witness the ability these trees have to survive. Below, though the tree in the foreground is obviously gone and you can see its “ghost” on the ground in the December 2018 photo, the trees in the background have sprouted new growth by March 2019.
 
Not only had many of the mature trees re-sprouted, so had most of our newly-planted forest. By March 90% of our babies were coming back.
 
Next to my thumb below is the re-sprout of our “first baby.” She’s three inches tall here, and by May  she’d grown significantly, as you can see.
 
We are determined, in spite of fire, to carry on the environmental aspect of the UU 7th Principle.  Not only are we respecting the interdependence of all on this planet, but we are actively participating. See our video: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cZK0S2smAK0.
 

We added trees to our first forest and we planted a new forest at Santa Susana Field Lab on the Boeing property on April 5th.  This is my Mom’s forest, The Barbara Gladstone Memorial Forest. All of the more than 80 trees have names, one for each person/group who cared, attended her memorial service, or who were her friends. UU of Santa Monica has a tree planted in that forest. Thank you all for caring!

Long live the interdependent web of all existence.
 
Photos by John Luker.