HELP! The UUFSD Environmental Justice Committee (EJC) wants to know your environmental priorities

HELP! The UUFSD Environmental Justice Committee (EJC) wants to know your environmental priorities.

  • What are your topics of interest for making personal decisions?
  • What can we do to make the Fellowship a model for environmental responsibility?
  • How we can we facilitate change in the community, state and nation?

Click here to take the survey:

The survey has only FOUR QUESTIONS and take 5 minutes to complete. The deadline is September 15th.

Questions? Call or email the co-chairs of the EJC, Debbie Hecht 808-989-3222 or or Linda Giannelli Pratt

Write Letters Asking Congressman Darell Issa to Join the Bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus

UUFSD Social Justice Action, in partnership with the Citizens Climate Lobby, will hold a letter signing campaign requesting that Congressman Darell Issa join the Climate Solutions Caucus, a bipartisan group in the US House of Representatives. Membership will be kept even between Democrats and Republicans.

The Caucus explores policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. The Caucus educates members of the House of Representatives on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and protect our nation’s economy, security, infrastructure, agriculture, water supply and public safety.”

Please pass by the SJA table in the Core Area between services and after the second service to sign letters. Additional information on the Climate Solutions Caucus will be available at the table.

UUFSD Petition in Support of the Lakota People Law Project

Standing on the Side of Love – We talked the Talk – Are We Ready to Walk the Walk

Our petition asks that President Trump

  1. Ensure that the full environmental review process—for the entire pipeline—is completed in an inclusive and transparent manner; and
  2. Deny a permit for the pipeline in ANY area that will pose a threat to the water of the Native people of Standing Rock or any of the millions of people downstream from where the pipeline may pass.

Please pass by the Environmental Justice table in the core area, on Sundays, January 29, February 5 and February 12 and sign our petition. In addition to President Trump, copies of the petition will be sent to our Members of Congress

Jan 8 – Issues Surrounding Disposal of Nuclear Waste at San Onofre


Chief (Delbert) Black Fox is the great-great-grandson of Sitting Bull and a water protector. He’s a supporter of Standing Rock, and as such is also supporting the non-profit organization, Public Watchdog, as it identifies the situation at San Onofre as our community’s “Standing Rock.” Come hear more on Sunday, January 8 at 4 pm in Founders’ Hall.

For more information, contact Betsy Gilpin at betsygilpin01 (at)

Sunday, December 18th — Years of Living Dangerously

The Environmental Justice Task Force will be hosting a showing and discussion of one of the episodes from National Geographic’s acclaimed series on climate change, “Years of Living Dangerously,” on December 18, from 12:30-2:00 pm in Founder’s Hall.

The session features Bradly Whitford and focuses on Citizen’s Climate Lobby’s efforts to put a price on Carbon and to get a Fee and Dividend Bill into Congress. If you’re concerned about climate change, and interested in solutions, this event is for you. A light lunch will be served. If you’re interested, please email

John Atcheson & Scott Thacher

Sept. 22 — A Climate Solution: Presentation by Dr. T. Todd Elvins

A Climate Solution that Strengthens the Economy and Creates Jobs.
Presentation by Dr. T. Todd Elvins
September 22nd, 6:00-7:30pm at the Leichtag Foundation, Barn 2, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas

Dr. Elvins is an engineer, entrepreneur, and executive with 25 years of leadership success. For ten years, starting in 1988, he teamed with earth, ocean, and space scientists at the University of California San Diego Supercomputer Center. Today, Elvins serves on the executive team at a San Diego cleantech company and is a Speakers Bureau Action-team Co-lead at Citizen’s Climate Lobby. He holds a PhD in Engineering from UCSD.

North County Climate Change Alliance More info: (760) 920-1111 or

Mar. 12 — UUFSD Senior Activity & Discussion Group

Bird walk at San Elijo Lagoon. SATURDAY March 12th. Begins at 8:00 AM. Please meet at the north end of Rios Ave in Solana Beach at 7:30 am, (from I-5, exit Lomas Santa Fe Dr & head west, turn north on Rios Ave which is just east of Highway 101 & the railroad tracks). NEED TO SELECT A DATE- see below.
All Are Welcome. Thank you to Rigdon Currie for leading this event for the Senior Activity Group!

***For those interested in having lunch afterwards, please bring a bag lunch and join the group at the Nature Center on the north side of the Lagoon after the walk.

Apr. 27 — Lunch and Learn – Climate Action in the San Diego Region

Please join us for a look at what various institutions are doing to prepare the San Diego region for a changing climate. Representatives from the City of San Diego, University of San Diego and The San Diego Foundation will participate in a panel discussion about past, current and future efforts.

An RSVP no later than April 2nd would be appreciated. Please contact Linda Pratt at This will be a VEGETARIAN POT LUCK lunch, so please bring a main dish of your choice to share with the group.

APRIL 10th—Noon to 2:00 PM—Founders Hall

October 25th — The Global Environmental Crisis: What Is It and How We Can Respond

Our two speakers will discuss science and citizen action: Jeff Severinghaus, Professor of Geosciences at the Scripps Inst. of Oceanography and expert on prehistoric climate; and Todd Elvins, Ph.D., entrepreneur and organizer for the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL). Severinghaus speaks widely on the current climate challenge. Elvins will discuss the rapidly growing global grass roots advocacy of a carbon fee and dividend by CCL.

Snacks provided. No registration required: all are welcome.

A forum on: The Global Environmental Crisis: What Is It and How We Can Respond.
Location: Founders Hall
Date: Sunday October 25th, 12:15 pm.

Contact: Scott Thacher at

Voluntary Simplicity Course

The SAC Environmental Justice Task Force  is sponsoring a Five (5) week Voluntary Simplicity course, developed by the Northwest Earth Institute, on Wednesdays, Sep 16, 23, 30, Oct 7 & 14 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm in Founders Hall.   The course explores  consumption patterns that affect you and others on a daily basis and on a global scale.  Even though there appears to be a strong case for voluntary simplicity, often we despair that consumerism will continue to dominate our life style.  We say we want to slow down and be more productive, but get stuck with the initial question of “Where do I start?”

Participants will be expected to read weekly material (which includes brief articles, book excerpts, and/or links to online content) on their own. Then as a group, we will discuss the lessons and make decisions about life changes. Baby steps.

There will be a registration table in the Core Area on Sundays, Sep 6 & 13. For more information contact Louise L Garrett, MA. Ed at: Books may be purchased in advance for $27 at