Environmental Justice (EJ) recognizes that the same patterns of control that have led to environmental degradations also reinforce economic and racial inequities. In this sense, EJ works to ensure that all have the right to live in a healthy environment and puts forth a call for equal justice and legal protection, without discrimination based on race, age, income or gender.
The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism calls us to affirm and promote "respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part." As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to address the relationship between environmental protection and EJ.
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 Environmental Justice as a Statement of Conscience. This statement encourages Unitarian Universalists to address environmental concerns through the lenses of gender, race and class at the denominational, congregational, and personal level.
The Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE), which works to involve Unitarian Universalists in environmentalism and EJ work, offers Our Place in the Web of Life, a 5-session curriculum designed as a basic introduction to EJ.
Ethical Eating: Food and Environmental Justice was approved as a Statement of Conscience at General Assembly (GA) in 2011. Ethical Eating raises awareness of the choices we make in food consumption and the effect those choices may have on plants, animals, humans and the earth.
The UUA also provides an Ethical Eating Study Guide and worship supplements for Unitarian Universalists and more resources for environmental engagement through the Green Sanctuary Program. This program provides a framework for congregations to begin environmentally involved projects and activities and offers special recognition to congregations who follow the programs guidelines.
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Last updated on Thursday, March 21, 2013.
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