Commitment to the Earth
Concern for climate justice and the environment is the centerpiece of our 7th Principle Environmental Action Team. A commitment to the earth is of vital importance to our community, as we work toward a vision of a healthier, more sustainable future.
We live with a deep awareness of our climate crisis and the deep environmental injustices of our time. We work in four areas, grounded in Unitarian Universalist principles:
- Environmental Justice: Through partnering with organizations like Commit2Respond and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, we work to respond to the growing environmental crisis. Locally, we helped start Ventura County Climate Hub/Ventura350, our local chapter of 350.org, as a way to ally with others working directly with larger issues in the community.
- Worship and Celebration: As we work together towards a cleaner, more just and sustainable world, worship inspires our work and reminds us of what is most sacred and most true.
- Religious Education: Our workshops and programs for all ages shape attitudes and build practices that are sustainable and spiritually-grounded.
As a congregation, we happily feed our worms in our compost bin, promote use of reusable mugs and dishware, and recycle. We have planted a butterfly garden frequented by monarch butterflies and many other species.We hold educational events for the congregation regularly to help people think about ways they can better care for the earth in the rest of their lives, at home and at work.
Sustainable Living: We treat the world more gently by using fewer resources and being mindful of the choices we make, both as a congregation and as households.Throughout our building, we have shown our commitment to the environment by limiting energy use with a point of site water heater; we reduce our water use with low flow fixtures and use low energy bulbs throughout the building. We are proud that in 2015, we installed solar (photovoltaic) panels on the roof of our building.
Through these efforts and our ongoing commitment to the earth, we have been awarded the designation of Green Sanctuary by the UUA. We invite all who share these values to join us on this journey of connection, sustainability, and hope.