January Featured Climate Actions

Make a resolution this year step up your level of personal action around the climate crisis. We need to act on all four levels listed below, and each month we offer suggestions to focus your efforts. These featured actions are brought to you by the Climate Action Group of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence and are now also circulated at the Haydenville Congregational Church, The Amherst Unitarian Society, the Co-op Power newsletter, and on the website of Climate Action Now, where an archive of past monthly actions is also available.

Personal: Keep your upstairs cool (55-60 degrees). You will cut your heating costs dramatically and help prevent ice dams by having less heat escape through the roof.

Community: Now that the holidays are over, break up the winter by organizing a neighborhood potluck. The connections made will help lay the groundwork for future cooperative ventures that increase resiliency and create connections.

State/National/Global: Attend a workshop to learn the tools of Faith-based Advocacy. The workshop will include an overview of the Massachusetts legislative process and how faith-based advocacy can be most effective. We will focus on for core issues for 2015-2016: environment/climate action, economic justice, ending mass incarceration, and immigration rights. All Souls Unitarian Church in Greenfield, Sunday Jan. 11, 12:30-2:30 pm. Includes potluck lunch. Contact Pam Kelly for more information and to register: 413 475-3605

Inform yourself: Join the discussion group for Naomi Klein’s book This Changes Everything. This book explores how capitalism is at the root of the climate crisis. The group begins Weds. 1/14 at the Unitarian Society of Northampton and continues 1/28, 2/11 and 2/25. You are responsible for procuring your own book. Please pre-register with Sarah Metcalf at stewartia@gmail.com.