Green Revolution

Earth-Climate Action - First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston

Earth Day is coming… Join our First UU Green Revolution

Connect to your First UU Church community around environmental concerns and sustainable practices. Join us and watch for all of these opportunities!

     Forums, videos, workshops, Earth Day service,
Greening our building, our adult discussion
circle topics and more!

1)         Important environmental topics in our First UU Minister’s Forum leading up to and around Earth Day.

2)      A couple of short videos in our online services that highlight what some of our members are doing to reduce their carbon footprint and create a more sustainable lifestyle.

3)     Attend an online workshop by Loren Hopkins, City of Houston Chief Environmental Health Officer (and daughter of First UU members: Bob & Barbara Hopkins), who will speak at the Interfaith Environmental Network of Houston offering on April 11 @2 pm.Contact for the registration link.

4)     Learn about plans our own church is making to Green Our Building- beyond our earlier efforts, including installing solar panels.
        

5)     Come to our regular Discussion Circle Sunday, Apr 25-“What are Your Thoughts on Sustainability?” led by Kianna T.

Eating Plant-Based: Vegetarian Black Bean Chili Recipe!

(Serves 4)

Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion

2 garlic cloves

Coarse salt and pepper

2 zucchini (about 1 pound total), halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise

2 carrots, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 cans of black beans, rinsed and drained

1 can (28 ounces) of crushed tomatoes

1 package of frozen corn kernels, thawed

6 ounces of tomato paste

Directions: In a 5-quart Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until beginning to soften, about 4 minutes. Add zucchini, carrots, chili powder, and cumin. Cook, stirring occasionally, until carrots are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Add beans, tomatoes, corn, and 1 cup of water. Simmer until slightly thickened and carrots are soft, 8 to 10 minutes more.

Surefire plant-based Chili Toppings: tortilla chips; halved cherry tomatoes; thinly sliced scallions; diced tomatoes.

Let’s create a more sustainable life and inspire others!

Here are some other opportunities: reduce your carbon footprint, cook plant-based together, advocate for sustainable practices, garden with us, plant trees over the next year, etc.

·         Join a small group to Reduce YOUR Carbon Footprint on Sunday, April 11, 1 pm to learn how to use the Berkley Carbon Footprint Calculator to estimate your footprint.  Reflect on what behaviors/habits you have create more carbon.  Make a pledge to change one or more habits in the next month and share with the group.  You will have the option to learn about carbon offsets.   And you’re invited to meet with us a couple of more times to share how you are doing, get support and learn more ideas.  https://coolclimate.berkeley.edu/calculator

·         Join us for “Cooking Plant-based Together” From the comfort of our own kitchens, we will join together to make the same plant-based recipe, chat while cooking, and then enjoy the meal we’ve made “together”. Here’s what’s involved:  buy the ingredients to our shared chili recipe to have on hand, join us via zoom at 5:00 pm on Saturday, April 10, for a 15-minute pre-cooking visit on zoom (link to zoom below) with a favorite beverage, then we will start making our recipe, bringing our phones or laptops into the kitchen to continue chatting while we make our food.  About 30 minutes later, we will sit down to enjoy the food, sharing with family members and/or making a toast and continuing our over-dinner- conversations.  At the end another new plant-based recipe will be shared as inspiration to continue the journey.  If anyone wants to make a date to meet to cook together online again, we will do so.  Hosted by Karoline M., Kianna T. and Carol B.

·         Enjoy this recipe now!  And if you want to get started with an easy quick recipe -here’s one recommended by Karoline Mueller:  https://www.pcrm.org/good-nutrition/plant-based-diets/recipes/quickie-quesadillas

·         Be an Advocate for Sustainable Practices-Join with Carol Burrus and others from the Climate Action Team to speak at the Houston City Council public session (now held online) on Tuesday, April 6 at 2:00 pm.  Speak about any issue related to sustainability.  You will be provided with information in an email about how to sign up and what issues might be currently relevant to the city’s council members if you write to carol@firstuu.org.  Best if you write by Apr 3rd.

·         Other Advocacy-- Watch for other opportunities to write letters to the editor, call or write Texas Legislators, directly related to environmental concerns OR related to voting rights which affect the state leaders who affect environmental regulations and the move to clean energy and more.

·         Gardening – Two choices to garden with us!   You are invited to join our Garden Team. ..we water, weed, compost, plant and care for our front garden year around.  You will learn about local gardening, an important skill as we move into more of the sustainable practice of growing more food in our own yards. OR join our one-time hands-on project  when harvest time comes, along with our RE children & families for learning and direct service to weed, water, compost and harvest in our front garden to harvest beans, peppers and herbs.

·         Get involved with our long-term goal of Planting Trees- as part of the City of Houston’s resiliency work, they have planned to work with Houston Wilderness to plant 4.2 million trees in the Houston area.  Trees provide shade, improve property values, and reduce carbon in the atmosphere. We are finding out if we can provide volunteers for planting, caring for new trees, participating in committees for decision-making, publicity, communication or other help.  If you are interested, please contact carol@firstuu.org to find out information as it becomes available.  We can also find other ways to plant trees in the meantime.

And as part of our Green Revolution 2021…we did this already!

Beach Clean-up – Our middle school aged youth and their families (18 attending!) kicked- off our Green Revolution 2021 with their Galveston Island State Park Beach clean-up on Saturday, March 20th.

And we partnered with local black farmers to help recover from the winter storm for Spring.

Let us know how you are caring for the Earth at home, at work, with your First UU Church community! Email us at greenrevolution@firstuu.org