Our faith recognizes that we are all part of a larger, interconnected web of life, and calls us to respect and care for the earth and all its inhabitants. Here are the committees, teams, and projects that aim for climate justice within the UUCJ congregation.

Climate Survival Team

The Climate Survival Team aims to help us survive the coming climate crisis and to work locally to mitigate climate change. Their initiatives include providing education resources on climate change, preparing our community for emergencies, and building partnerships with local climate action groups. The Climate Survival Team meets on the third Sunday of the month at 12:30 in the Anthony Room and on Zoom.

Green Sanctuary Group

The Green Sanctuary Group ensures that we follow our Green Sanctuary commitments to the UUA and our Seventh Principle. They spearhead initiatives to help our church campus adapt to sea level rise, and they host various classes, events, and petition drives. They also implemented the Arlington Community Garden, a project in collaboration with Tree Hill Nature Center that grows organic produce for the food pantry at Arlington Community Services. The Green Sanctuary Group meets the first Sunday of the month at 12:30 in the Anthony Room.

More Projects & Initiatives

It is also very important to take time to celebrate the earth and our care of it, which we do at our annual April Earth Day choral worship service.   

Members of our East Nassau Satellite reduce energy use by taking full advantage of technology. Theyavoid the multi-car 80-mile round trip drive to the church by worshiping together in the $1,000 Start Up offices. Many of them live within walking distance of each other and four UU families live in a walkable New Urbanist neighborhood with most essential services within an easy walk. Three UU families share electric landscape management equipment. When driving is necessary, they routinely carpool to events.

Professionals in our East Nassau group are active as technical resources with several of the not for profits and serving on several environmental committees for the City of Fernandina Beach. Members are currently on the Comprehensive Plan/Land Development Code Working Group, Citizen Group (aiwg.org) and will teach a course, Barriers to Success, the Geomorphology of Amelia Island, this fall for the Center for Life-Long Learning. Several members support the Amelia Tree Conservancy. One of our members wrote and narrated a movie, Living in Our Maritime Forest, that is featured on the Amelia Tree Conservancy web site, Home – Amelia Tree Conservancy.