First Parish in Concord, a Unitarian Universalist church, unanimously voted in favor of a resolution to endorse the aspirational goals of the Green New Deal at its annual meeting of the congregation on June 9.
The Green New Deal put forth by U.S. Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York proposes a 10-year national mobilization effort to address climate change. First Parish sees the GND as the only federal plan put forward so far to adequately address the interwoven crises of climate catastrophe and economic inequality at the scale that science and justice demand.
Members of First Parish were inspired by Sunrise Movement students at Concord Academy and their successful pitch to the Concord Select Board to approve a GND resolution in February. First Parish's accomplishments on behalf of climate justice include Green Sanctuary church certification by the Unitarian Universalist Association, solar panels on the church roof, climate education programming, including concerts, films and lectures; protests against expansion of fossil fuels, including the Dakota Access Pipeline; and votes for divestment of fossil fuels and Our Right to a Livable Climate.
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