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What is Environmental Justice

More than just a recognition of ecological interdependency, our Seventh Principle calls us to recognize that human beings are are part of the web of existence. Too often "environmentalists" and "racial/economic justice advocates" have been at odds with each other. Environmental justice is the recognition that the same paradigm of dominion that has led to environmental degradation also reinforces economic and racial inequities. Only by seeking solutions that address both can we solve either.

Since our inception in 1961, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has passed numerous resolutions and statements addressing environmental concerns, as well as numerous statements on racial and economic justice. In 1994 the UUA voted to adopt a Statement of Conscience called Environmental Justice. This Statement of Conscience encourages Unitarian Universalists to address environmental concerns through the lenses of gender, race and class at the denominational, congregational, and personal level.

Learn More About Environmental Justice

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE)'s curriculum: Our Place in the Web of Life

This is a lively 5-session curriculum designed as a basic introduction to environmental justice (EJ). Using highly participatory techniques, the lesson plans take you through a journey exploring your values and the consequences of the choices you make. You’ll come away with a deeper understanding of your congregation’s special place in the world and the connections you have with people near and far as a result of your congregation’s environmental impact.

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE)'s Green Papers: Connecting Environmental and Justice Work

The result of a collaborative process with over thirty ministers, lay UUs, and UUA staff, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth presents a series of "green papers" on the broad topic of environment and justice, as well as specific focus areas such as food, climate disruption, environment and health, and animal welfare. The "Green Papers" are meant to stimulate thoughtful comment, interaction, and action by UUs who are involved in and concerned about the history, connections, and future of environmental and justice work.

For more information contact environment @ uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, May 31, 2013.

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"Environmental justice means that everyone has the right to live in a healthy environment regardless of race, income, age, gender or nationality. Basically, environmental justice means that no one's health or quality of life should suffer because of the environment that they live in. Most importantly, affected community members' voices are heard and they are involved throughout those processes."

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