Environmental Justice

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IUUWAN Board Member, Shirley Whiteside at Capitol protest

The Iowa Capitol Rotunda was filled with the boisterous sounds of the CCI Peoples Lobby Day rally. The crowd quieted for the passionate speakers, including Shirley Whiteside, a member of the Cedar Valley UU Congregation and an IUUWAN Board member.

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Looking for Engagement with Iowa UUs–Volunteer Opportunities

We have spots on the board and on each of our task forces: Environmental Justice, LGBTQiA Justice and Racial Justice. Commitments vary–some as little as an hour or two every three months.

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We are Unitarian Universalists!

We are Unitarian Universalists, people of many backgrounds who have different beliefs, but shared values. Together, we offer a guided path towards a better you and a better world. Get to know us in this short animated video.

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Project Drawdown, 100 solutions for climate stability

A Pipe Dream for Pipe Peddlers
When it comes to the role of carbon capture technology in addressing the climate crisis the science is unequivocal. Yes, at some point in the future directly removing carbon from the atmosphere will be necessary to offset the most stubborn emissions. But dramatically cutting emissions today is the only way to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

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Citizen’s Climate Lobby Invites You!

Please join us in Marshalltown on Saturday, July 8, for an in-person conference, “Revitalizing Citizen Climate Advocacy,” starting at 9:00 a.m. and running through 4:30 p.m. at the Iowa Valley Community College conference center.

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A New Play: Squatters on Red Earth

Squatters on Red Earth, by Mary Swanders, is a drama about a peaceful encounter in the midst of the U.S. white settler land grab. Friday June 9 (8 PM at the Amana Performing Arts Center in Amana), and Saturday June 10 (2 PM and 7 PM at the Wieting Theatre in Toledo).

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The Making of a Climate Action Warrior

Miriam Kashia will share her experiences as a climate activist and some adventures and lessons learned along the way. She’ll share her mottos: “Action is the antidote to despair,” and “Everything we do matters” and how they have guided her life as an activist.

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Support a Farm Bill That Works for Iowans

If you want a farm bill that supports SNAP benefits, protects the environment, communities, and water sources, provides justice for Black farmers, and ensures the health and safety of those who work the land, send this postcard to your U.S. Senators and Representative.

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Water testing was too good for ag polluting companies, so the legislature cut $500,000

Two legislators, Senators Tom Shipley, and Dan Zumbach pressured University of Iowa officials not to allow Jones to continue posting on the University of Iowa-hosted website, with an implied threat of legislative funding to the university being impacted. After allowing Jones one final post, which university officials censored, Jones is moving his commentary off-site. He offered his resignation shortly afterward.

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Earth Day Celebration

Armando, a Guatemalan environmentalist, shares his dream of reforestation when his seedlings planted by UU volunteers grow into a healthy trees and the beginnings of a forest. Check out the video!

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