Green Living News & Tips Archive

Oct 2017

Veggie Bus Getting Ready to Roll

Alison Kendall, helping prepare Community Services Unlimiteds’ (CSU) “Veggie Bus” to receive solar panels as part of it’s remodel into a permanent classroom, seed library and performance space. UUSM has been working with CSU on this project and several other volunteers joined Alison on Sept. 9 to help make this project happen. There is another workday coming up on Saturday, October 14. Watch the Thursday announcements for more information.

 

 

 

 

Film Screening with Director - Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 pm in the Sanctuary

 
UU Santa Monica’s Green Living Committee presents a special screening of the award-winning film, “Love Thy Nature,” with filmmakers and community partners — Saturday, October 7 at 7 pm on the big screen in the sanctuary.
 
Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Love Thy Nature” points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature, and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. The film shows that a renewed connection with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. The winner of 27 awards, it screened in 140 cities around the globe, advancing the filmmakers’ mission to grow the nature-connecting movement.
 
The film’s director, Sylvie Rokab, will be present for a Q&A. Please join us afterward in Forbes for refreshments and a chance to learn more about how the Green Committee and our community partners are working on environmental and climate justice in Santa Monica/LA and beyond. View the trailer at http://www.lovethynature.com/#trailer
Film Screening with Director Saturday, Oct. 7, 7 pm in Sanctuary
U U Santa Monica’s Green Living Committee presents a special screening of the award-winning film, “Love Thy Nature,” with filmmakers and community partners — Saturday, October 7 at 7 pm on the big screen in the sanctuary. Narrated by Liam Neeson, “Love Thy Nature” points to how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature, and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. The film shows that a renewed connection with nature ignites a sense of meaning and wonder so profound that it touches us at the very core of what it means to be human. The winner of 27 awards, it screened in 140 cities around the globe, advancing the filmmakers’ mission to grow the nature-connecting movement. The film’s director, Sylvie Rokab, will be present for a Q&A. Please join us afterward in Forbes for refreshments and a chance to learn more about how the Green Committee and our community partners are working on environmental and climate justice in Santa Monica/LA and beyond. View the trailer here: http://www.lovethynature.com/#trailer
 
 
Aug 2017

The Green Living Committee Joins with CSU Again!

 
In the last 18 months, this congregation through the Green Living Committee has been taking steps to partner with Community Services Unlimited (CSU). CSU has been around since the ‘70s as a community group focused on empowering the residents of South Los Angeles by providing access to healthy food for those with few options and building youth leadership to support those efforts into the future. CSU has earned (with significant technical assistance from our committee members Alison Kendall and Beth Brownlie), a $10,000 project grant from the US Green Building Council to turn their beautiful Veggie Bus into a permanent classroom, plant nursery and seed library. This grant requires them to unveil a completed project by the end of September and there’s plenty to do. We got an amazing amount done at the last volunteer day and there is one more volunteer opportunity left for this grant project: Saturday, September 9, from 9 am to 1 pm.
 
There are many ways to volunteer: cleaning, painting, etc. as well as electrical and some construction for folks who have those skills. And there will be some of their “beyond organic” produce available for purchase to support their efforts. If you can make some time to join us to help extend our reach beyond Santa Monica and the Westside, please join us!
 
For those who want to car pool and reduce our carbon footprint, please contact Rick Teplitz to coordinate.
Jun 2017

COMMUNITY SERVICES UNLIMITED

Our Green Living Committee social justice partner in South Los Angeles needs volunteers for upcoming work days on July 8 and August 12, 9 am to 1 pm. Contact Rick Teplitz for more information.

 

May 2017

Great CSU News from the Green Living Committee

 
Community Services Unlimited, our climate justice partner in South Central Los Angeles, has received two grants towards their Veggie Bus project as they continue to remodel of their campus at the Paul Robeson Center at 6563 South Vermont. 
 
They won a Legacy Project grant of $10,000 from the Los Angeles Chapter of the US Green Building Council. Another $5,000 came as a grant from Whole Foods! This will allow them to relocate the colorfully painted Veggie Bus on their new site at the Paul Robeson Center on Vermont, and to renovate it for use as a classroom and seed library.
 
The bus is now on site although not quite positioned where it will ultimately be. While continuing to work on that aspect of the project there is an opportunity to celebrate and volunteer to help at an event on June 10, “Honoring Our Seeds: Historical & Ecological,” including a seed saving and canning workshop, a panel on the origins of the Paul Robeson Center, and a performance/video shoot, “I’m a Champion” by Sheldon Bailey and the audience.
 
UUSM members who would like to attend and help out, please contact Rick Teplitz. and we’ll try to set up car pooling or alternative transport.  Rick has room for three leaving from Westchester. Look for more information in the June newsletter.
 
Rick Teplitz
 
Apr 2017

UU Santa Monica Named a Green Sanctuary by the UUA 

 
In February 2007, the Green Sanctuary Committee was voted into existence at an FIA Town Hall Meeting. Those at the meeting voted to take actions and apply to the UUA to become a Green Sanctuary Church.
 
On March 17, 2017, after ten years of hard work by many volunteers of this beloved community, we were officially awarded the Green Sanctuary designation by the UUA.
 
It’s a grand kickoff to our 2017 Climate Justice Month of April. In next month’s newsletter, we’ll have an in-depth look at what it takes to become a Green Sanctuary.
 
Meanwhile, here is a partial list of volunteers who helped this effort: Leslie Reuter, Alison Kendall, Sandra Trutt, Beth Brownlie, Jessica Clay, Greg Woods, Linda Van Ligten, Hildreth Simmons, James Witker, Diana Spears, Rick Teplitz, Kathryn Lee, Rick Rhoads, Haygo Salibian, Katie Malich, Cathie Gentile, Nalani Santiago-Kalmanson, Linda Marten, Karl Lisovsky, Brad Hutchinson, Bryan Oakes, Robin Lowney-Lankton, Laura Eklund, Administrator-Nurit Gordon, two spiritual leaders, the Rev. Rebecca Benefiel Bijur and the Rev. Judith Meyer, Catherine Farmer Loya, DRE...and many more in our community. Thank you all, for helping our community get there!
 
Beth Brownlie
 
Mar 2017

March and April, 2017 - Climate Justice Month
Seeds of Change

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.  Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.

-- Henry David Thoreau

Join Rev. Rebecca, Green Living committee leaders , and special guests for Seeds of Change, a five-week exploration of personal and social transformation through the lens of climate justice.  The journey begins on March 19, with Reverend Michael Dowd, eco-thologian, preaching in honor of World Water Day on March 22.  Our Climate Justice Month will conclude with our participation in the March for Science in Los Angeles on April 22 and then celebration with the Earth Sunday sermon on April 23.

 

Dec 2016

GREAT NEWS FROM THE GREEN LIVING COMMITTEE!

Community Services Unlimited, our climate justice partner in South Central Los Angeles, has received two grants towards their Veggie Bus 2 project, a Legacy Project grant of $10,000 from the Los Angeles Chapter of the US Green Building Council and another $5000 from the Whole Cities Foundation.

This has allowed them to relocate the beautifully painted Veggie Bus to their new location at 6569 South Vermont Avenue, where it will be renovated for use as a classroom and seed library/nursery, to become part of the urban farm and wellness center that is being developed at this site (check out this video https://give.classy.org/PRCWC).

Please join us to celebrate and volunteer Saturday, June 10 - HONORING OUR ROOTS: PEOPLE, SEEDS AND PLACE

10 am to noon

Garden Gateway, Seed Saving: Learn how to save seeds harvested from the EXPO Farm, help create the first packets to become part of the Veggie Bus Library, and take seeds home for your garden! 

Veggie Bus 2: Join us to start this exciting project; we will move the bus to its permanent location, do some clean up and have a dialogue about the features we want to include in this upcycle.

12 pm to 2 pm

Paul Robeson Panel and Video Shoot: The seeds of the Paul Robeson Center, how did it come to be, why was it named after and what is its connection to Paul Robeson? “I’m a Champion” performance by Sheldon Bailey and video shoot with audience.

UUSM members who would like to attend and help out, please contact Rick Teplitz,and we’ll try to set up carpooling or alternative transportation. Rick Teplitz has room for three people leaving from Westchester.

Apr 2016

Seeds of Change

 
Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up
where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed.
Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am
prepared to expect wonders.
 — Henry David Thoreau
 
Join Rev. Rebecca, Green Living Committee leaders, and special guests for Seeds of Change, a five-week
exploration of personal and social transformation through the lens of climate justice. The journey began on March 20, when we marked World Water Day with a beach clean up with Heal the Bay, and concludes with Earth Sunday on April 24.
 
 
 
 
Come join the UU Santa Monica Green Living Committee and FIA Commission for a special screening of this film April 24, 5:30 pm Unitarian Universalist Community Church of Santa Monica 1260 18th Street, Santa Monica 90404, in the Sanctuary Discussion immediately following, with special guests.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Green Living Practice Groups:

 
Wednesdays, March 23 & 30, and April 6 & 13, 8:30 am-9:15 am (Location TBD). We will join in a spiritual practice of learning and sharing our ways to align our daily life more closely with the needs of Mother Earth and all living things, including our future generations. Focus to include Water, Energy, Air, and Resources. This is a series of four meetings. For more information or to RSVP, contact: green@uusm.org or Beth Brownlie,.

 

Mar 2016

Climate Justice Month 2016 + Commit 2 Respond

Our Climate Justice Month Begins  on March 22, which is World Water Day.  The Climate Justice Month series of worship and events concludes with Earth Day on Sunday, April 24. 

Action:  

On March 20, our RE Youth will engage and kick off World Water Day (March 22) with a beach clean up with Heal the Bay.  We will be working at the beach surrounding Annenberg Beach House.  Meet at UUCCSM, 9am to join the caravan to the Beach. 

In April, our RE Youth will install our first rain barrel for UUCCSM. 

Engagement/Education/Community:

Green Living Practice Groups on Wednesdays (Series of 4) , 8:30-9:15am, Dates are : March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13, 2016.

We will join in a spiritual practice of learning and sharing our ways to align our daily life more closely with the needs of Mother Earth and all living things....including our future generations. Focus to include Water, Energy, Air, and Resources. Contact: Beth Brownlie or green@uusm.org for more information and to RSVP.

Second Sunday Supper, April 10, 6pm : Join us in community meal and learn about our community partner CSU, Community Services Unlimited.

Green Living/FIA Film Series:  April 24, 2016, 5:30pm

The Wisdom to Survive film screening with discussion to follow. 

Worship:

Come join us in worship on Earth Day Sunday, April 24, with our beloved minister, Rebecca Benefiel Bijur preaching.  9am and 11am.  Come learn about our new community partner, CSU, Community Services Unlimited which serves the South Central LA population promoting Earth Justice. 

Generous Congregation Giving: To be towards CSU and UUMFE in April for Earth Month.

 

Oct 2015

2nd-Sunday Supper and Cinema on October 11

 
This month, the Green Committee hosts Second Sunday Supper, featuring locally grown and sustainable main dishes and drinks. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. We are a small group, so help with hosting and cooking is appreciated! (Contact: Alison Kendall)
 
Immediately afterward, join us for Second Sunday Cinema’s presentation of “Groundswell Rising: Protecting our Chidren’s Air and Water.” This film “gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David and Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas. We meet parents, scientists, doctors, farmers, and individuals across the political spectrum decrying the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people. This provocative documentary tracks a grassroots movement exposing dangers to clean air, water, and civil rights.”
 
Hydraulic fracturing aka “fracking” is truly an issue of the moment, for myriad reasons. Evidence strongly suggests that its effects on air quality and groundwater are significant threats to environmental and human health, and that it is a direct cause of earthquakes, especially in several Midwestern states that have seen dramatic recent spikes in seismic activity. Moreover, while cleaner-burning natural gas has often been lauded as a healthier energy source than coal and oil, we’re learning that the fracking process itself often leaks enough methane, itself a potent greenhouse gas, to more than negate the benefits and contribute Climate Change.
 
Unlike many environmental documentaries of the last several years that are often unavoidably gloomy, “Groundswell Rising” tells the inspiring story of a grassroots movement across the U.S. (including notable actor/activist Mark Ruffalo) that is actually pushing back against the fracking boom and, in some cases, winning. We can learn from them, because the use of fracking for shale oil in California is expanding. The city of Los Angeles placed a temporary moratorium on it last year, but Governor Brown has resisted calls for a statewide ban. And if you’ve turned on cable news anytime recently, you’ve probably seen one of the sunny ads that industry groups have been running as part of a massively-funded PR campaign to convince audiences that fracking is safe. This is a good time for us as a congregation to study the issue and decide how we can act.
Some of us had the opportunity to meet and talk with Mark Lichty, executive producer of this film and himself a member of the UU Fellowship of the Poconos in PA, when he visited UU Santa Monica in September. After the screening, technology permitting, we plan to hold a Q&A Skype session with Mark and the film’s director, Renard Cohen. Don’t miss it!
 
More information about the film can be found at: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/gsr.html
 
James Witker