Environmental Justice News
"He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" 
Micah 6:8 NRSV
The CT Legislative Session has begun, and there are opportunities to make an impact during this short session! Here are a few:
Ban Fracking Waste in CT NOW

Senate Bill 103 "An Act Concerning Hydraulic Fracking Waste in CT" needs your support!
Public Hearing
When: 11:00 am February 23, 2018 (arrive at 9am)

36 CT towns have passed ordinances banning fracking waste, and there are 15 more in the process. A permanent state ban is the best way to protect ALL of us. This may be our last chance to change state law to protect our public health and ecosystems from toxic, radioactive fracking waste.

Please submit your testimony ASAP. Write your comments, save as .pdf file, and email with "SB 103 testimony" in subject line. Send as an attachment to email to by 3pm on February 22.

Here is my submitted testimony , which you may use as a template for your own words.
Climate Change Planning and Resiliency in CT

In last month's newsletter, I shared the wonderful news about the good work of the CT Governor's Council on Climate Change (GC3) , which voted unanimously to recommend a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of 45% below 2001 levels by the year 2030.

Now we need to work hard to get that target adopted by the legislature. The first step is to get it through the Environment Committee, which is co-chaired by Sen. Craig Miner. Sen. Miner was named to the CT League of Conservation Voters "Wall of Shame" and in 2016, he was a member of the LCV's Dirty Dozen

Please sign and help circulate this online petition and if you live in Sen. Miner's district as I do, make sure he knows that his constituents support this bill. Please also voice your support for Governor's Bill 7, "An Act Concerning Climate Change Planning and Resiliency."
Protect our Ocean Ecosystems from Offshore Drilling

On February 13, CT residents showed up for a hearing to oppose the proposal to open up coastal waters for oil and gas drilling. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's draft proposal is open for public comment until March 9th. Please submit your comment in support of protecting our ocean ecosystems and industry!
Join the Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast

Sign up to receive daily emails through Lent, each suggesting one action you can take to reduce your carbon footprint.
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New Introduced Federal Legislation Needs Support

It's always great to know that our legislators are listening: "In response to concerns raised by local residents and officials in western Connecticut over the construction of a new, 1,100-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Dover, New York, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) introduced the Notify Officials, Towns, Individuals, and Cities (NOTICE) of Electric Generating Facilities Act, legislation to increase transparency in power plant construction." This important legislation could be a game changer! Please call your legislators in your support for the NOTICE Act! Click here for more information on the Cricket Valley Energy power plant.

Monday, March 26, 12:00 - 2:00pm
Boston State House
24 Beacon St, Boston MA 02133

Demand that Gov. Baker stop cooperating with fossil fuel interests and do everything in his power to stop the expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure in the Commonwealth. After an interfaith ceremony at the State House, the group will proceed to the Back Bay, where a new pipeline project is slated to power luxury high rises with fracked gas.
Witness Opportunity: Webinar & Pledge to Preach for #EachGeneration

Upcoming Webinar: A Mother and Her Son Address Climate Change
 
Join a webinar on the evening of February 28 th that will feature Kiran and Rev. Melanie Oommen. Kiran is one of 21 youth plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit for lack of action on climate change. Melanie is his mother and a pastor at First Congregational UCC in Eugene, OR. They will share their experiences with the case and the insights they have gained. The call will be co-hosted by Shantha Ready Alonso from Creation Justice Ministries and the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt from the UCC. A brief legal update will be given by Coreal Riday-White of Our Children's Trust. Register now to join this live event!

The Justice for #EachGeneration campaign is calling for more than a thousand sermons as an act of solidarity, and to help grow support. Youth are especially encouraged to preach. You can pledge to deliver a sermon during the coming months in your community of faith. Youth are especially encouraged to join this effort and raise their powerful voices! Click here for more information and to pledge to deliver a sermon.
Earth Prayers Service for Earth Day Weekend

An initiative of the InterReligious EcoJustice Network (that aligns nicely with the #EachGeneration initiative, above!): From Friday, April 20, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018, congregations across CT will be praying for and celebrating Earth during their weekly worship service. Resources to create your own service will be available online soon, so save the date!
Recommended Reading
UCC Minister for Environmental Justice
By Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt

" Every generation has its calling, and I believe this is ours. Yet, I can see how for some this calling might initially feel like one to resist. Who wants to add “save the planet” to their already overloaded to-do list? But I think there is another way of viewing our present situation, and it relates to this notion of love."
UPCOMING EVENTS
Registration is Open!

for High-School Youth

May 18-20, 2018
Silver Lake Conference Center
Cost: $145 (limited scholarships available)

Join us for a weekend of community, learning, playing and planting at camp! Together we will learn how people of faith can work towards environmental justice for all of God's children, and have an unforgettable camp experience. Please share this flyer with youth and bulletin boards in your church! For more information, read the articles about past years' retreats , or contact me!

YOU can help make this Retreat more accessible to all youth! Please make a donation to the Scholarship Fund by sending a check marked as such to the UCC Northeast Environmental Justice Center to 223 Low Road, Sharon CT 06069. THANK YOU!
Registration is Open for Summer Camp in 2018!

The Silver Lake Conference Center Summer Camp brochure is available! You can take a look at the camp offerings and register the youth in your life for a week (or more!) to remember! Sending me to this camp was one of the greatest decisions my parents made! See you at camp!

February 24, 2018
12 - 6pm
Elmwood Community Center
West Hartford, CT

Hosted by CT Sierra Club and 350CT. Experts and Activists Exploring Some of the Toughest Questions Facing the Climate Movement
for youth in 7th-12th grades (and post-high).

April 7, 2018, 9am-4pm
Brookside Congregational Church
Manchester, New Hampshire

Be informed and inspired to effect positive change for your future by climate leaders from the UCC and beyond!

April 22, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Faith Congregational Church, Hartford, CT

A dynamic worship service that will your renew your spirit. For all youth in grades 5 and up and their pastors, parents, or adult leaders. This year's Youth Revival is on Earth Day, and will have a special focus on environmental justice! Don't miss it!
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