Our fellowship has initiated many projects to protect the environment — Great Green Transportation Tuneup, Power Up to Power Down (energy conservation challenge), Meatless Monday challenge, Home Water Conservation Challenge, Bluebird nest box project, and Ponderosa Pine seedling distribution project.

We have participated in climate action rallies and candlelight vigils, as well as sent letters to elected officials urging modernization of the BC Mineral Tenure Act, and protesting the Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion project.

 

Earth Hour Storytelling – March 30 – 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Earth Hour is a global event which encourages people across the world to turn off the lights for one hour i.e. 8:30-9:30 pm to symbolize the commitment to Mother Earth.You are invited to spend Earth Hour (by candle-light) at the Neave’s.  We will entertain each other with our stories, and enjoy tea and cakes.  RSVP to Anne, 374-2351

Earth Hour Facts and Figures

  • Earth Hour is a global environmental event started in Sydney Australia by WWF in the year 2007 and went global with time.
  • The first earth hour in Sydney accounted for a reduction of 10.2 percent in the consumption of energy across the city.
  • Earth Hour is organized every year in the month of March which is the time of the autumn and spring equinoxes in both the hemispheres. It is because the sunset time in Northern and Southern Hemisphere coincides ensuring the greatest visual impact for this global light out event.
  • It is the only event of the year when a maximum number of people around the world participate in a single movement and turn off the lights for an hour.
  • Earth Hour 2018 witnesses the record joining of 7000 towns and cities across 188 countries to celebrate the connection of people with the mother earth.
  • There is a number of top organizations in the world which supports Earth Hour. Some of these include UNESCO, Girls Scouts of US, International Trade Union Confederation, FIFA, Phillips, UEFA, IKEA, ING Vysya Bank, HSBC, etc.
  • Earth Hour is the only movement in the support of earth in which the major landmarks of the world from Eiffel tower to Sydney Opera House and from Golden Gate to Birmingham Palace go dark in support of Earth Hour.
  • It should not be confused with Earth day. However, both events are for the conservation and protection Earth but they are different events. Earth Hour is observed on the last Saturday of March every year whereas Earth Day is celebrated on 22nd April each year.
Earth Hour 2019 theme is “Reduce, Reuse, Change the Way We Live”.

 

Earth Day Labyrinth TLC – April 23

Earth Day this year falls on Easter Monday.  So let’s celebrate the following day — Tuesday, April 23. We will meet at Riverside Park Labyrinth at 11 am to do 30- 45 minutes of spring cleanup – pruning shrubs, pulling weeds, raking up leaves, sweeping etc.  Afterwards we will go to the Smorgasbord for lunch.

Here’s a little background on the building of the Labyrinth:

Our Fellowship undertook to build the labyrinth in Riverside Park, in part, as a memorial to our UUFK member and friend, Dr. Karsten Iversen, who died in his early fifties. When he learned of his diagnosis of ALS, Dr. Iversen used a labyrinth as a place for reflection and contemplation when he needed to come to terms with his illness.

The impetus and some of the funding for the Labyrinth came from our congregation, however generous contributions were also received from doctors at Royal Inland Hospital, the Iversen family, and other private donors. Two Kamloops businesses, Inland Building Supplies and Pronto Enterprises, donated materials and labour. The City donated the land which is at the geographic centre of Kamloops between Riverside and Pioneer Parks.

Let me know if you  are coming and I will bring gardening supplies – gloves, shears, rake, etc. And send out messages to the Sun God !!! RSVP to Anne, 250-374-2351

 

The Ripple Effect – the CUC Two-Year Water Campaign

Erin Horvath, Canadian Unitarian Council Social Justice Lead, has this message for you:

We are pleased to announce that our two-year water campaign, The Ripple Effect, is officially underway!  We invite you to take a look at our Kick Off Video and the resources posted on the CUC website – The Ripple Effect, including our growing pool of resources that will help you learn about various issues impacting water and engage in action on personal, local, provincial, national, and international levels.
On the front page of our Resource Site, you will find a step-by-step guide to getting involved, including links to posters, surveys and FAQs.  There is an introductory questionnaire that we urge groups to fill out as soon as possible as it allows us to know who is getting involved, their interests, and any knowledge or support they might need, or be able to offer other groups who are working on a similar water issue.
We also encourage everyone to join our Facebook group to follow the ripples of action that are happening across the country, ask questions, share resources, and highlight issues of importance.  As people share links to resources we will add them to our resource site, which we hope will further facilitate connections between faith groups, communities and organizations across the country. Do you know specialty groups or organizations dealing with specific water issues?  Please invite them to join the Facebook group as well as their input is invaluable.
As the National Social Justice Team, we are committed to walking this journey with you and look forward to seeing what ripples of change we can create together!