“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

Saturday, March 10th 2018 was a day for the history books, as thousands marched in an indigenous-led protest against the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members raised a traditional Coast Salish Watch House* near the pipeline route, which will act as a base for resistance to the project. In addition … Read more“We will never give up!” Thousands protest Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project

CUSJ’s ‘Academic’ awards for progressives in 2017

What a year 2017 was. As we contemplate the events of the past 12 months, what fun it is to pretend that we progressives could have our own Social Justice awards, a bit like the Oscars, minus the glitz and glamor, and with the understanding that the awards in this case are, virtual. Drumroll, please! … Read moreCUSJ’s ‘Academic’ awards for progressives in 2017

More CUC churches confirmed fossil-free

Anti-pipeline activists were celebrating yesterday, May 29th, with the news that Kinder Morgan had warned its investors that the Trans-Mountain pipeline might never be built. This is momentous news, because it suggests that proponents of the age of oil might be passing from the Denial stage to the Anger stage, or even beyond that. CUSJ members will recall that … Read moreMore CUC churches confirmed fossil-free

CUSJ endorses plea for urgent climate action

In October 2016, the CUSJ signed on to the Civil Society Equity Review on national pledges made at last year’s UN Climate Summit in Paris. CUSJ had signed on to the previous report by the same organization in 2015.

This short report focuses on the urgent need for governments to aim higher when it comes to climate change mitigation goals. The report analyzes 2020 pledges and support, against a 2020 emissions benchmark that is consistent with a true 1.5°C mobilization. It draws simple but challenging conclusions about the changes that will be needed, before 2020, if we honestly intend to make a just and successful transition to a zero carbon world.

CUSJ President Margaret Rao states, “All developed countries are woefully lacking in moving to national and international climate change mitigation and investment in renewable energy alternatives. … We have a long way to go with immediate, short and long-term carbon reduction goals.”
The report states that any pathway that has a reasonable chance of holding the warming to 1.5°C requires an extremely ambitious mitigation effort that should begin very soon. The report uses 40 GtCO2eq as a 2020 emissions level that is consistent with a rapid shift to a 1.5°C pathway. By comparison, the business-as-usual emissions level would be roughly 54 GtCO2eq in 2020. Therefore, to reach the more ambitious 40 GtCO2eq benchmark would require about 14 GtCO2eq of annual mitigation to be put in place by 2020. This is an extremely challenging prospect, given that emissions are now nearing 50 GtCO2eq.

CUSJ Congregational Divestment Survey Results

Note: This post was updated on March 5, 2017, to add the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and the First Unitarian Church of Victoria to the list. On March 7th, the Unitarian Church of Montreal was added. In spring 2016, the CUSJ Board decided to follow up on the CUSJ Board’s call to action  and the Unitarian Universalist Association’s … Read moreCUSJ Congregational Divestment Survey Results

The Little Engine that Could: New Climate Pricing System

New climate pricing system could reduce greenhouse gas emissions…and poverty By: Andy Blair Member, Citizens’ Climate Lobby; CUSJ; and UUCH Climate Action Team By now, everyone knows it: we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions drastically if we are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change on our environment, our health, and our economy. But … Read moreThe Little Engine that Could: New Climate Pricing System

CUSJ President’s Report, Nov. 2014

Early Winter Greetings CUSJ Members All! I know most of the country, even our members in Victoria, have been hit with unseasonably cold temperatures in November. Colder than normal temperatures are predicted across the country for the month of December too, according to Environment Canada. At least the feds haven’t cut funding to the weather … Read moreCUSJ President’s Report, Nov. 2014

ClimateFast 2013

CUSJ has renewed its involvement with Climatefast for 2013. Take the pledge and fast between September 21st and October 2nd 2013 on Parliament Hill or wherever they are.  We fast to focus our energy and the energy of others toward a healthier planet and a healthier relationship with our only home.  Take 12 days to practice … Read moreClimateFast 2013

CUSJ Endorses CCC Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change

Religious leaders from all faiths, through the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC), are encouraging the Canadian Government to take action and exercise leadership in the area of climate change.  The science is solid, telling us that if we do not turn this boat around and reduce our greenhouse gases, there will be dire consequences around … Read moreCUSJ Endorses CCC Interfaith Call for Leadership and Action on Climate Change

CUSJ joins Sept 26 2011 action on Tar Sands

e-mail To the Ottawa Action Network Organizing the September 26th Rally against the Tar Sands September 21, 2011 Dear organizers of the Ottawa Action on the Tar Sands. At its September 16th board meeting, Canadian Unitarians For Social Justice voted to support this action against the tar stands and that it agrees with the following … Read moreCUSJ joins Sept 26 2011 action on Tar Sands

How to Boil a Frog!

North Shore Unitarian member, Jon Cooksey, a writer and show runner for television, has recently been nominated for a Best Documentary Gemini award for his one hour film, How to Boil a Frog.  A number of other NSUC members/friends worked on it, and part of it was shot in our sanctuary.  The film is still being broadcast from time to time … Read moreHow to Boil a Frog!