Proposal: 100% renewables / keep fossil fuels in the ground as the main advocacy focus of Commit2Respond
Brought forward by: Jennifer Nordstrom Context: The UUYACJ is one of nine partner organizations on a steering committee to lead the Commit2Respond campaign. The advocacy strategy for Commit2Respond has been to encourage individuals and congregations to take action in each of the campaign's three pillars: SHIFT to a low carbon future, ADVANCE the human rights of impacted communities, GROW the climate justice movement, and to use the website to sign up for specific actions that fell into these categories (http://www.commit2respond.org/act). This approach has had only marginal success. The proposal below is being asked of all nine organizations on the steering committee, and was brought forward by a small group of organizers discussing advocacy strategy, which Jennifer N. is a part of.
Nine Commit2Respond collaborating organizations (including us) declare a major policy goal: 100% renewable energy and keeping all fossil fuels in the ground
We use Climate Justice Month as the window for pushing that goal out in groups, congregations, organizations with a collective focus, not individual focus)
We take the time between now and then to:
- Identify partners and collaborate with them so that during Climate Justice Month people are engaging with partner groups around the above goal. -Do education around the climate justice frame, including monthly national webinars - Develop clear steps in collaboration with partner groups; three clear actions that UU groups/congregations can take on during Climate Justice Month.
Questions for stakeholders (us):
Do the policy goals of 100% renewable energy and keeping all fossil fuels in the ground feel appropriately ambitious and a good focus for UUs?
What partner groups would you suggest we consider collaborating with on the national level? Note: We are particularly seeking groups that are similarly ambitious in their goals and are accountable to frontlines communities.
In a series of monthly webinars, what topics do you think would be most helpful and impactful to UUs?