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UU-UNO Climate Report Final Board Meeting June 2011_Final

UU-UNO Climate Report Final Board Meeting June 2011_Final

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1.1.2 UU-UNO Climate Change Initiative Report for 2011
Final UU-UNO Board Meeting
June, 2011UU-UNO Climate Initiative will report to Bruce Knotts after UUA Merger No change anticipated in Activities for Climate InitiativeThis report follows the UU-UNO Strategic Plan format 
1.1.2a
Create a network of climate change collaboration among NGOs in and outside the UN 
 
Editor for Durban Climate Paper from UN-NGO Committee onSustainable Development. Copenhagen/Cancun versions sent tonegotiators, legislators, hand delivered to PM Denmark, JonathanPershing (State Dept), Lisa Jackson (EPA), Al Gore. [Jan]
UN-NGO-CSD Executive Committee. [Jan]
Gave seven climate talks for environmental and non-UU faithgroups, including CILU (Holmdel NJ), Fordham U. CarbonConference, local TV interview. [Jan]
Organizing 2
nd
annual Fordham U. Carbon Conference 2011. [Jan]
Climate Change Working Group CSD-NGO (UN). [Jan]
Fordham U. Climate Spiritual Group member. [Jan]1.1.2b
Publicize climate initiatives to UU congregations to restore climate “to thefront page” 
 Active with UU Climate Coalition (Rev. Earl Koteen) = national UUclimate organization; participation in other UU climate efforts. [Jan]
UN Sunday Talk, "Dominion and Denial," Castine, ME. [Kent]
UN Sunday, Germantown PA Fellowship, Earth Day talks. [Pamela]
Talk for Montclair NJ Unitarian Church 10/10/10. [Catherine]
Excellent climate plays given at UU Congregations. [Doug Stewart]
Talks on climate for UU congregations in White Plains NY (GreenCovenant Conference), San Francisco CA (recording on their website),Rock Tavern NY, Santa Fe NM, Lincroft NJ, All Souls NYC, South ForkLong Island. [Jan]1.1.2c
Engage in Climate Education aimed at “Countering the Contrarians” 
 Arranged for professor to speak with Gov. Christie (NJ) on climatechange, via the NJ Environmental Federation. [Jan]
On two list serves composed of climate scientists and others tocounter contrarian disinformation. [Jan]
Signatory to anti-contrarian “Bad Science” statement published onHuffington Post and other sites. [Jan]
One-liner responses to false contrarian claims are now widespreadon the Internet, e.g. SkepticalScience.com. [Jan]
 
Climate Portal continues topical coverage with anti-contrarianarticles, news and essays. [Jan]1.1.2d
Formulate and sign Joint Statements of Conscience on climate
See separate report below. [Kent]1.1.2e
Expand, refine, and publicize the UU-UNO climate change web portal for leverage
See separate report below. [Jan]
 Articles written / posted [Larry, Guy Quinlan, Elaine Walker, DougStewart, Jan].1.1.2f 
 Assist in obtaining a grant to provide a staff position for the ClimateChange Initiative
This goal is now outdated given the UUA merger.1.1.2g
Establish metrics for measuring progress, and begin quarterly reporting toBoard 
See reports: Statements of Conscience [Kent], Climate Portal [Jan]1.1.2h
 Assist and participate in UU-UNO programs on climate change, e.g.Spring Seminar, UN Sunday 
Gave talk on panel Women and Climate Change for UU-UNOSpring Seminar 2011; formulated topic for UN Sunday (Ethical Aspects of Climate Change and a Climate Treaty). [Jan]
Other Talks
:
See above1.1.2i
Identify board and/or committee members to participate in and helpoversee climate change initiative.
 Additional members for UU-UNO Climate Advisory Group: RobinNelson (UUA), Youth coordinator Ryan Dash, Kimberly Lovell(Sierra Club), Rowan Van Ness (UUA), Steve Wade.
Regular UU-UNO Climate Initiative meetings will continue
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Joint Statements of Conscience - ReportKent Price
Jan,Here are the letters / statements on climate change to which the UU-UNO haslent its good name since July 1, 2010.Kent1. Letter re international provisions in comprehensive legislation. July2010: Union of Concerned Scientists, others.2. Letter supporting legislation for climate finance. August 2010.3. Statement on growth, targeted at G20 meeting. September 2010.4. Statement to the US Congress regarding FY 2011 appropriations combatingclimate change. October 2010.5. Statement to Secretary of Interior Salazar urging full protection of Polar Bears. November: Center for Biological Diversity, others.6. Letter to Secretary of State Clinton urging US to keep commitment made atCopenhagen conference (December 2009) to provide investments for international action to combat climate change. December: National WildlifeFederation, others.7. Letter to President Obama regarding restoration of the Gulf Coast fromdamage caused by the BP well blowout; December 2010.8. Statement to Unitarian Universalists in support of the EPA's work onclimate change; drafted by our advisory group's Guy Quinlan, distributed byRev. Earl Koteen, head of national UU Climate Coalition; March 2011.9. Letter sponsored by Oxfam America supporting funding for poor communitiesin vulnerable countries to help equip them to cope with the effects of climate change; March 2011.10. Letter to President Obama supporting a strong role for EPA inameliorating climate change by regulating greenhouse gasses, sponsored byClimate Reality Check Coalition / Center for Biological Diversity; April2011.-------------------

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