Environmental Justice News & Action
"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
Happy May!

1) EJ4A! Retreat register by May 15
2) Water is Life Walk
3) Legislative Session ends Wednesday May 9 - SB 103 and SB 7
Registration Closes May 15th!

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, and encourage youth to register! 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!
The 8th Annual Water is Life Walk on the Housatonic (Howsatunnuck) River

Guided by Spirit, Grandmother (Uncí) Carole Bubar-Blodgett has chosen the Housatonic (Howsatunnuck) River to receive and share in this healing Walk. The ceremonial walk will begin at the headwaters of the Housatonic River in Washington, MA with a new moon ceremony on May 15, and will follow the river through northwest CT all the way to the Long Island Sound, with a closing ceremony during the new moon on June 13.

Uncí Carole extends an invitation to “all people, all faiths, to gather like the drops of water and join us in this prayer for the Sacred Water of all life.”

The Water is Life Walk is an opportunity to come together and heal the river and our connection to it, and help prevent further damage to the river and watershed. All are invited to join any portion or all of the walk, and to offer and attend film screenings and educational events along the way. She also invites engagement through financial support to help water protectors to participate, including travel costs, gas cards, food and more. The 8 th Annual Water is Life Walk website offers all the details about where and when, and volunteer opportunities.
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Get Involved!
URGENT ACTION!

The legislative session ends tomorrow, May 9th!

Please call the leadership ( Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats) and tell them to call the bills, and to support or oppose as appropriate.

Please call your senators and tell them to vote YES on SB 103, which would prohibit the receipt, collection, storage, treatment and disposal of waste from hydraulic fracturing.

This bill needs to be called to the floor for voting. Please send emails TODAY to Sen. Martin Looney , Sen. Len Fasano , and Sen. Ted Kennedy , urging them to "Call SB7 for a vote in the Senate."
Please call your senators and tell them to vote YES on SB 7. (Thanks to CT Roundtable for Climate and Jobs for the call to action)

Thanks to Connecticut Fund for the Environment / Save the Sound for the information and call for action on the following bills. Fill out this form to tell your legislators to vote NO on the following bills:

This bill would allow a polluter to use the court system to get out of cleaning up their mess. It takes pollution decisions out of the hands of DEEP and the professionals who have the science, data, and technology to deal with pollution and contamination issues and puts the ultimate decision in the hands of the court system and a judge.

This would burden our court system, costing the state money, and could allow polluters to get away with egregious contamination. 

This bill would allow a business—but not an individual—to get away without any penalties for a first time violation. While the bill does require the business to correct the violation, sometimes it’s too late—some environmental contamination can’t be cleaned up. How many first time offenders will it take before everything’s contaminated?

Similar to HB5266 above, this bill forbids DEEP from charging a penalty against any corporation under 250 employees for a first violation of ANY environmental regulation.
Recommended Reading
Climate Church, Climate World
How People of Faith Must Work for Change
by Rev. Dr. Jim Antal
This is a captivating, and easy-to-read and easy-to-apply book, with discussion questions and preaching suggestions. “Antal urges the church to embrace a new vocation, one focused on collective salvation and an expanded understanding of the Golden Rule (Golden Rule 2.0). He suggests ways people of faith can reorient what they prize through new approaches to worship, preaching, witnessing, and other spiritual practices that honor creation and cultivate hope.”
UPCOMING EVENTS
Silver Lake's SUPER Open House

Join us at the SUPER Open House on
May 20th, 1-5pm

Take a tour of camp, talk to staff, climb the high ropes course and get psyched for a week of summer camp you'll never forget!

UCC Creation Justice Webinars

Sign-up to receive monthly notices about upcoming webinars that feature speakers who will assist churches in learning about best practices for ministries related to caring for God’s creation. Each webinar will have a focus pertaining to one of the four areas of discernment for Creation Justice Churches: theology and worship, institutional life and practice, circles of awareness and advocacy, and connections to a broader movement. Participation in the Creation Justice Churches program is not required to join a webinar.

Upcoming Webinar:
May 30, 2018 2:00 PM | Featuring Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director of Greenfaith
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