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Commit2Respond
The Commit2Respond Climate Justice Month, begins March 22 and continues through April 22 — from World Water Day to Earth Day.  Sign-Upand commit to join together to SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE the human rights of affected communities, and GROW the climate justice movement. 
First Unitarian Church of Cleveland will be offering “Our Place in the Web of Life” on five Tuesday evenings starting April 7  from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Program details here and email Nancy King Smith to register.
 
Fracking Video
Mark Lichty a UU filmmaker from Stroudsberg PA is available for screenings of his work, Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children’s Air And Water. This a new documentary on fracking from Emmy Award-winning Resolution Pictures being shown at a Chicago film festival in March 2015.  See Trailer and details online. Two versions are available for a free screening (50 and 72 minutes, respectively), though home hospitality and a free will offering would be appreciated.

Contact Mark directly if your congregation is interested in showing. Contac info: mlichty@ptd.net or www.groundswellrising.com or 570-604-6164.
 
Petition for Sustainable Akron

Sustainable Akron is circulating a petition to amend the Akron City Charter for the May 2015 election to:

  • Ban fracking in Akron city limits to protect Akron drinking water and watershed.
  • Ban use of Akron water for fracking.
  • Ban oil and gas industries from preempting citizens’ right to self-govern locally.
  • Ban oil and gas industries from toxic trespass of Akron’s natural areas.

For more information, readers can direct emails to: sustainable.akron@gmail.com

 

Communities in Ohio that have already adopted rights-based bans include Yellow Springs, Oberlin, Mansfield, Broadview Heights, and Niles.  Other communities that are in the process of mounting rights-based campaigns include Akron, Columbus, and Youngstown.

 

Ohio Senate Approves Farm Runoff Bill

February 19, 2015

The Ohio Environmental Council would like to see more steps taken to address the manure trucked away from major livestock operations, something Gov. John Kasich proposes to do in his recently introduced budget proposal. His proposal would require haulers to receive certification similar to what was recently mandated for applicators of chemical fertilizers.

 

Toxic Algae Bill Likely to Get Ohio Senate Vote Today

February 18, 2015

Environmental groups generally support the bill but question whether it goes far enough. Both the Ohio Farmers Union and Adam Rissien, director of agricultural and water-quality programs for the Ohio Environmental Council, said the five-year sunset provision should be removed. They also are concerned that the bill allows a farmer to spread manure on frozen ground repeatedly for a month but incur only one penalty. Rissien also would like to see manure applications limited to rates needed for crops to grow.

 

Ohio Court Strikes Down Local Fracking Bans

February 17, 2015

The court ruled 4-3 that Ohio’s legislature gave state agencies exclusive authority over all aspects of oil and natural gas drilling, including fracking, in a 2004 law, and any local ordinances would violate that exclusivity.

 

Ohio’s Energy Future is at a Crossroads

Did you know that innovations in the clean energy sector creates jobs right here in Ohio? Unfortunately, Ohio lawmakers are voting to rollback clean energy standards that will help keep us and our environment clean and healthy.

 

Come be a part of the a conversation to help chart Ohio’s energy future. Join us for Ohio’s Energy Future Tour. These discussions will include business experts, local leaders, and non-profits who are working to accelerate Ohio’s transition to a clean energy economy.

 

Save the Date: March 22–April 22, 2015

From World Water Day to Earth Day, embark on a spiritual journey for climate justice. Commit2Respond is sharing ideas for how people of faith and conscience can best take action to shift energy, advance human rights, and grow the movement. It is time to make a commitment together and stretch ourselves to take action in new ways that will have a real impact.

 

UU Church Recognized

First Unitarian Church of Cleveland has been recognized as a Certified Cool Congregation by national Interfaith Power and Light.

 

We Need Stronger Protections Against Fracking

The recent debate over Ohio House Bill 490 has renewed the conversation about the state of fracking in Ohio. In the past year alone, we’ve seen four serious fracking accidents in Ohio:

  • A well blow-out and major oil spill in Morgan County
  • A fracking chemical fire and resulting 5-mile long trail of dead fish in a Monroe County stream
  • A 2-mile radius evacuation in Jefferson County due to a methane gas leak, and
  • A well pad explosion in Guernsey County which severely burned an oil and gas worker.

Isn’t it time YOU tell your lawmakers and governor that Ohio needs stronger protections against fracking? For more information, click here.

 

Networks

 

November 16, 2013 ActOnClimate Rally

Join people from all across Ohio in showing your support for the EPA’s new Carbon Rule! Together, we can let Sen. Sherrod Brown know that Ohio is ready for him to step up and be a Climate Champion!

 

WHEN: 12 PM, Saturday, November 16th ?Where: The State House in Columbus

The November 2013 newsletter from Ohio Interfaith Power & Light includes photos of solar panels at two Ohio UU Congregations in the following story:

 

Clean Energy around Ohio

The 11th annual Green Energy Ohio Tour featured over 200 open houses in 35 counties that included private homes, parks, schools, and churches, providing the unique opportunity for people to visit and talk with owners living and working with clean energy and energy efficient technologies. This year, two houses of worship, First Unitarian Church of Cleveland and Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Wayne County were featured for their solar arrays. Keep up the good work moving Ohio towards clean energy!

 

Ohio Environmental Council

Tell Lawmakers to Invest in a Cleaner, Greener Ohio.The Ohio General Assembly is finalizing the state budget bill, due to be signed by Gov. Kasich by June 30. Urge your lawmakers in Columbus to support the OEC’s Cleaner, Greener Ohio Budget Priorities.

 

For Earth Day 2013

UU Ministry for Earth (UUMFE) is helping congregations to connect to issues related to realizing sustainability and to commit to actions that will help build a sustainable and just world.

 

Several Us joined the Ohio Environmental Council Lobby Day in Columbus March 19.

The “No Frack Almanac” has a new website. They are selling back-issues as well as “Frack Fighter” badges and t-shirts. Article on the problems with Fracking and Water Flooding potential from the New York area. Read article. Fracking radioactiveity potential dangers. Read article.