Environmental Justice

The Seventh Principle of Unitarian Universalism involves, “Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.” Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation is committed to educating and encouraging our members and friends to act in ways that respect and protect the earth—in our building and in our own personal lives.

RADON TESTING program

Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas that you cannot see, smell or taste but it may be a problem in your home. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. According to the EPA, nearly 1 in 3 homes checked had levels over 4 pCi/L, which is the recommended action level for radon exposure.

Because of our commitment to maintaining a safe environment, we have created a free program to test the homes of our members, friends and the local community for radon. There are meters available at the church that will be loaned to individuals to test their own houses. The test takes about a week. Instructions will be provided so that the participants can set up the instruments and, if they wish, erase the results before returning the unit.

If you are interested in participating in the program, or would like more information, please visit us on a Sunday and see Bob Madjaric.

Learn more about Marcellus Shale, Fracking and how UUs are taking action to protect the environment

Harrisburg Rally-touched up

Ginger Hill UUC is concerned about the impact of shale gas drilling and the associated natural gas industry development. Our congregation participates with the Unitarian Universalist Pennsylvania Legislative Advocacy Network (UUPLAN), a statewide coalition of UU congregations, in its efforts to protect our state’s environment.

http://www.uuplan.com/issues/environmental-justice/

Find out what UUPLAN is doing on the Marcellus Shale issue: The Truth About Hydraulic Fracturing!


What you can do!

Shale gas drilling and renewable energy learning opportunities

Marcellus Outreach Butler has scheduled upcoming events that will interest anyone who wants to learn more about these issues.

http://www.marcellusoutreachbutler.org/

For upcoming Marcellus Outreach Butler events, dates, and times, click the link above.


GHUUC Marcellus Shale Statement

The exploration and development of shale gas deposits, such as the Marcellus and Utica Shales, has become a topic of great interest and importance in our region. It has the potential to impact individual health, communities and the environment in both positive and negative ways, in the present and into the future. Ginger Hill Unitarian Universalist Congregation is concerned about these impacts.

Like other congregations within the Unitarian Universalist Association, we affirm and promote seven principles. Our interest in and concerns about this issue relate particularly to the seventh
principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.” They also relate to our values and our work toward social and environmental justice.

We recognize that the issues surrounding shale gas development are complex and potentially divisive.

We acknowledge that within the diversity of our congregation, there are individuals who have a variety of questions and concerns and who hold a variety of opinions. Our hearts reach out to those
who are struggling with making decisions, addressing their own concerns and fears, and/or living with both benefits and negative consequences of gas well development.

Thus, as leaders of the congregation, we intend to participate in and encourage our members and friends to consider the following actions:

• Become aware of and educate ourselves about the processes and issues surrounding shale gas exploration, drilling and production.

• Remain open to respectful listening and civil discussion of the procedures, benefits and risks associated with these activities and issues.

• Become involved in and supportive of, as we are inclined and able, the events and activities of organizations and activist groups whose goals are to educate individuals, to monitor resource development activities, and to protect health, communities and
the environment.


Ministry for Earth/Green Sanctuary

Ginger Hill UUC participates in the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministry for Earth and Green Sanctuary program. These programs provide our members and friends with information on how to live our lives more sustainably and with respect for the environment.

After a multi-year process, Ginger Hill UUC recently received accreditation from the UUA as a Green Sanctuary Congregation. Our members and friends are committed to continuing the process to use the best environmental practices in our congregation building and in our own homes.

 

To find out more

http://www.uua.org/environment/sanctuary/index.shtml

Want to find out information on the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary program? Click the link above.

http://uuministryforearth.org//

Want to know more about the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministry for Earth? Click the link above.