The first Earth Day was observed 54 years ago, and some of you remember it! Our knowledge about our planetary home has grown so much in that time, and now we need a whole month to honor and celebrate it. The Climate Action Team (CAT) is excited to offer a variety of experiences for our community.

Our monthly Zoom meeting on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 PM, will include panelists from Agnes Scott College and Emory University. We will talk candidly about generational divides in the environmental movement and ways that young activists and movement “elders” might better communicate and collaborate. You’re invited to view the agenda and to join our meeting at 7:30 PM using this Zoom link.

Members of the CAT are providing a delicious vegetarian taco bar at 6 PM on April 17 for the spring reintroduction of Wednesday night dinners. These “Soulful Suppers” will include a variety of programming options and will become a regular part of the schedule in the fall. Would you like to be a part of our dinner team that night? Please email Laura Rose or sign up here!

Thanks to funding from the Carbon Offset Fund, the CAT is in the final stages of a conceptual campus permaculture design with consultation provided by Shades of Green Permaculture. The holistic view of our grounds includes rainwater collection, passive watering, native plantings, food production, accessible raised beds, and perennial gardens. Implementing the plan will rely on volunteer efforts and additional fundraising. Our first workday will be Saturday, April 20, at 10 AM. Email Nicole Haines for volunteer task details and tool needs. We can’t wait to get our hands dirty on our green campus!

Following the morning’s workday, everyone is invited to gather at 11:30 AM with members of Women Empowered in the social hall for lunch and a screening of the documentary Common Ground. From the producers: “Common Ground is the highly anticipated sequel to the juggernaut success documentary, Kiss the Ground, which touched over 1 billion people globally and inspired the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to put $20 billion toward soil health. By fusing journalistic exposé with deeply personal stories from those on the front lines of the food movement, Common Ground unveils a dark web of money, power, and politics behind our broken food system. The film reveals how unjust practices forged our current farm system in which farmers of all colors are literally dying to feed us. The film profiles a hopeful and uplifting movement of white, black, and indigenous farmers who are using alternative ‘regenerative’ models of agriculture that could balance the climate, save our health, and stabilize America’s economy – before it’s too late.” Email Nicole Haines about lunch details.

For Earth Day/Seventh Principle Sunday on April 21, CAT members will participate in the worship services and host a book lending table and beautiful bookmark giveaway. Take a look at the 100+ titles that we are offering in our peer-to-peer library. We will have a variety of those books for you to check out at the table. If you would like to make some of your environmentalism books available in our lending library, email Jon Reese the title and author.

We will continue our Earth Month celebration by participating in the social justice-themed congregational retreat at the Calvin Center April 26-28. The CAT will join other UUCA social justice teams in programming and engaging displays. Registration for the retreat closes on Sunday, April 14, so act quickly to be a part of this special weekend!

Our final event in the social hall on Thursday, May 2, 7:30 PM, is quite the finale: Falling for Nature All Over Again, an evening of poetry and photography that celebrates our deep love of the Earth. We are excited to co-sponsor this event with Ens & Outs and to feature brand new work from Atlanta poet and longtime activist Stephen Wing. We will also enjoy readings from A’nji, Ann Ritter, Deb Hiers, and Marti Keller and nature photography from Luz Wright. We invite UUCA members to send one or two original nature photos to be displayed electronically in a community exhibit that night. To be included, email your digital photos as a JPG attachment to Jon Reese by April 30.

Whew! How about all that? We’ll dig, dine, screen, cook, learn, discuss, worship, lend, retreat, and bask in the creative arts. Please put the dates on your calendar, invite your friends, and join the CAT to make this a month of savoring our blue boat home!

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JOURNEY WITH US: The Climate Action Team is for you because, well, the planet needs your urgent action – and we need each other as we navigate these changing times. Learn all about the group here,  and check out our minutes and take action table, our lending library and the Carbon Offset Fund. You can also request to join the Climate Action Team on Realm. Contact Nicole Haines to connect to the CAT and join us for our next Zoom meeting on Monday, April 15, at 7:30 PM at this link.