Today, an email from Rev. Bill Schulz, president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, arrived, urging participation in the Sept. 21 Peoples Climate March. Here’s what Schulz had to say:
Join us next month in taking action to support climate justice! Attend the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21 or find, support, or organize a related event in your area.
Climate change poses a threat to human rights in the United States and around the world. From women’s empowerment to disaster recovery, from access to clean water to food sustainability, efforts to improve human rights are already being strained by climate change.
Many communities whose rights are already at risk — including low-income people, women, indigenous people, and people of color — often experience the greatest negative impacts of global warming and related processes like fossil fuel extraction.
As a human rights organization committed to working with marginalized people around the world, UUSC is deeply engaged in supporting communities responding to these global threats.
We invite you to join us in whatever way you can. In September, timed to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, there will be a mass mobilization in support of climate justice. Here’s how you can participate:
- If you are in the New York area (or can reach New York via sustainable modes of transportation):Participate in the People’s Climate March on September 21. This may be the largest climate march in history, with an estimated one million people gathering in New York City. There are many events scheduled for the weekend, including a Saturday night interfaith worship service hosted by young adults and open to all, a massive interfaith service on Sunday morning before the march, and a gathering directly following the march at Community Church of New York, UU. RSVP for the march now!
- If you are not traveling to New York: Organize a local solidarity action or contribute to one that is already being planned. Be part of a demonstration, an educational activity, a letter-writing event, or any other gathering calling for effective global action to advance climate justice. In finding or planning local activities, consider how you can support communities in your own area that are most affected by the climate crisis and are leading efforts to respond. Learn more about participating in local action.
President and CEO
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
PS. The People’s Climate March is also the kickoff of Commit2Respond! A movement of supporters taking action for climate justice, Commit2Respond is a collaboration of the Unitarian Universalist Association, UUSC, the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, and others.