Team Mission

Our mission is to educate and engage Unitarian Universalists and other concerned citizens about the urgent need for environmental and climate action. We strive to live our lives in harmony within ecological limits (our 7th Principle), and to lobby elected officials for sound environmental policies, commensurate with Article 1, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. We support local, state, and national environmental coalitions that focus on critically reducing our carbon footprint while also protecting our land, air and water for this generation and future generations.

 2024 Meeting Dates

Tentative dates — please check back for confirmation.

Our monthly Zoom meeting is changing to the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM.

February 1
March 7
April 4
May 2
June 6
July 4
August 1
September 5
October 3
November 7
December 5

To attend our meetings on Zoom:

From your PC, Mac, Linux, iOS

or Android,
click this link:

https://zoom.us/j/7132347624

Or by phone:
1-408.638.0968 or
646.558.8656
Meeting ID – 713-234-7624

Our Biggest Weapon:

Pennsylvania’s “Green“/ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS Amendment
“…public natural resources are the common property of the people…”

Key Goals for 2024

  • Resume lobbying and agitating as we are able
  • Find more team members! With your help, we’ll have more ideas, more influence, and more power!
  • Distribute “PA: A Fractured State” video to legislators
  • Continue to educate legislators, leaders, and congregations
    about the urgent need to address climate change
  • Demand a Moraltorium on all new fossil fuel infrastructure
  • Support legislative efforts and bills to expand renewable energy

 

 

 Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution
provides as follows:

“The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment. Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people.”

Beginning with the landmark Supreme Court  Robinson Township decision, this ERA’s power to protect PA citizens is bearing fruit.  Below are some examples that include everything from stopping a development to denying power line approval. There are more examples on the website www.forthegenerations.org.

First, we need all citizens to know of the ERA, and then they need to deploy it. Here are some examples:

December 2020 in Marple township: the town rejected a damaging development project that would have devastated the Don Guanella Woods
PEDF v. Commonwealth: misappropriation of environmental funds secured through fracking leases on public lands a constitutional concern
Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. PADEP: failure of state to act to address decades of high level site contamination is a constitutional concern
Center Coalfield Justice v. PADEP: longwall coal mining permit revision unlawful as constitutional violation
Friends of Lackawanna v. PADEP: landfill renewal permit ordered modified to address historic groundwater contamination
PA Attorney General Empanels Grand Jury to investigate systemic failures of government regards to the environmental and community impacts fracking
Transource Pennsylvania Transmission Line Before Pennsylvania PUC: PUC Administrative Law Judge recommends denial of powerline approval

 

Click the image to watch the video —

Good News: Solar Panels at UU Meadville!

We’re also pleased to share this newspaper report of the environmentally friendly steps taken recently by the congregation of the UU church in Meadville, PA.

More Information

We are fighting a Goliath here in Pennsylvania: the fossil fuel industry, which is adding to our climate emergency in various ways. These include:

• Ethane cracker plants (single-use plastics)
• New fracking infrastructure
• LNG processing plants
• Mariner East Pipeline
• Environmental racism

The results? Contaminated water, damage to our health, cancer clusters, and climate change. But we are fighting back!

Partner Links

Better Path Coalition
PennFuture
PennEnvironment
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Citizens Climate Lobby

 

Resources

 

Watch the UU-produced film

on fracking in Pennsylvania!

Did you Know?

  • In the Pennsylvania legislature, the Chair of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee lacks what should be a basic requirement for his job: a belief that climate change is real. Instead of tackling the issue for the citizens of Pennsylvania, he is an outspoken climate change denier. His name is Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, and he also serves on the Climate Change Advisory Committee. Rep. Metcalfe has called environmental activists “extremists” and “deep pocketed alarmists.” We have joined the many voices calling on Speaker Bryan Cutler to remove Rep. Metcalfe from these positions of power over our environment. This is just one example of the need to educate voters and “flip” elections in our Commonwealth in favor of candidates who realize the truth of climate change, and who will help us fight it.

 

 

 

  • Ten years after it was contaminated, the water in the low-income community of Woodlands, in Butler County, remains undrinkable. Approximately 50 to 60 of the area’s 200 homes remain without potable water. The well water was contaminated in 2011, shortly after State College-based Rex Energy (now out of business) began drilling and fracking multiple gas wells into the Marcellus Shale. These citizens are still waiting for municipal water to be connected to their homes. Stories like this are why we do what we do.

Action Alerts

Check back soon for the latest updates!

In the News

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), begun in 2009, is the first mandatory market-based program in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RGGI is a cooperative effort among the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia to cap andreduce CO2 emissions from the power sector.

Pennsylvania Governor Josh Shapiro kicked off a new era of energy leadership in Pennsylvania, unveiling his plan to protect and create nearly 15,000 energy jobs, lower utility bills for Pennsylvania households, and take real action to address carbon pollution. If passed by the legislature, the Governor’s initiatives would save Pennsylvania ratepayers $252 million in the first five years, while generating $5.1 billion in investment in clean, reliable energy sources.

Pennsylvania is still falling behind other states in the race to diversify its energy sources and create clean, reliable, and affordable energy.

 

For more information, visit
RGGI for Pennsylvania

 

More About Our Team

WHY JOIN US?

You can help us achieve a social tipping point. Protecting our environment requires a massive movement at a whole range of levels, and we believe we can make it happen. What we ask of our members is this: do what you can and dedicate time to it. Be hopeful. We have found that taking action helps us generate hope — that’s how social movements work! We also commit and dedicate our environmental justice work to those we love.

Team Leaders:

Rachel Mark,

Unitarian Church of Harrisburg

Bob Redfern,

Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County

Legislative Goals

We Support:

  • Redistricting Reform Constitutional Amendment
  • Independent Redistricting Commission for Congressional Districts
  • PA Community Solar Bill
  • Transitioning to 100& Renewable Energy by 2050
  • Gift Ban

Defeat

House Bill 637, which would require legislative approval before Pennsylvania could join the RGGI