Sacred Earth Matters Recommends UCUCC Endorse Seattle’s Green New Deal
by Jan von Lehe and Nancy Hannah
At our May annual meeting, University Congregational UCC members strongly supported the climate justice resolution “The Earth is Sacred, not ours to Wreck”, calling for us to raise our voices regarding the urgency of healing the climate of the earth.
This UCUCC climate justice resolution included making decisions of integrity in our energy choices individually and as a church. Examples of actions that can be taken consistent with this resolution include education, advocating for governmental action, committing to resist fossil fuel infrastructure expansion, divestment of UCUCC endowment funds, etc. Finally, the resolution recognizes the disproportionate impact of climate change on those least responsible and recognizes the moral mandate to shift to sustainable energy that is both just and compassionate.
In keeping with this climate justice resolve, in mid-July, Sacred Earth Matters unanimously recommended that UCUCC endorse Seattle for a Green New Deal (GND) – an action now in the hands of UCUCC church council and leadership. Despite Seattle’s commitments to climate action our climate pollution has been rising in recent years; the climate crisis urgently necessitates an all-hands-on-deck mobilization.
So what is the Seattle GND?
Essentially it is a vision statement, proposed by 350 Seattle and Got Green, calling for the creation of a transformative Green New Deal for Seattle that will eliminate our city’s climate pollution by 2030, address historical and current injustices, and create thousands of good, green, well-paying unionized jobs.
We urge our Mayor Durkan and Seattle City Council Members to create a GND investment vehicle and a GND Task Force to decide how investments are made. This would include affordable housing, transportation access, equitable transitioning of homes to carbon-free electric heating, investing in resilient infrastructure, access to healthy food, good jobs. More information on the Seattle for a Green New Deal is available here or at https://seattlegnd.org.
Seattle City Council unanimously endorsed Seattle for a Green New Deal in late June. There are many organizations and individuals who have already endorsed this in less than a month after launching the effort.
- You can sign the petition (see link above) as an individual to call our leaders to make bold steps to address this crisis.
- As a church, we are raising our voices regarding the urgency of healing the climate of the earth, our sacred home, for the future of all life.