Climate Forum

Climate Forum

The UUCC Climate Crisis (2U4C) team is sponsoring a Forum series on climate change/crisis topics on the first Sunday of each month.  Topics will include a wide range of topics, such as:  Carbon Offsets, Reducing Food Waste, Regenerative Landscape and key Advocacy and Legislative issues.  Check uucolumbia.net/climate-change/ for more information about UUCC’s climate crisis activities and projects.


June 7, 2020, Regenerative Landscaping: Lawn Alternatives to Help the Planet

Currently, the default approach to suburban landscaping is mowed lawn and lots of it.  Though lawn may seem like the obvious choice for yards and general landscaping, it comes with a staggering environmental cost.  In the Regenerative Landscaping project, we will be trying out some alternative approaches.  One is to replace lawn with low-growing mixes of grasses and clovers that require little mowing and virtually no fertilizer or chemicals.  These “lawn mimics” are far more climate-friendly yet retain the overall appearance and openness of regular lawn.  Even better for the climate is replacing sections of lawn with deep-rooted perennial plants that build soil health, allow more storm water to infiltrate, improve water quality and even store atmospheric carbon in the soil.   See presentation.


April 5th, 2020:  Green Sanctuary 

What is required to become a “Green Sanctuary”?  What next steps do we want to take at UUCC and OBIC?  See presentation  here.


March 1, 2020:  Climate Forum: Global Climate Change and Why Local Action is Vital

Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution.  But international deals like the Paris Agreement are ultimately only as good as the actions taken by local communities and the private sector.  This talk reviews the evolution of international climate negotiations over the past 30+ years, looks at why a global consensus has been so elusive, and points to the increasingly important roles played by state and local actors in addressing the global climate crisis.  See presentation here.


February 2, 2020 – Does What You Eat Matter? Simple Question – Complicated Answers

Production of both plant-based and animal-based foods requires fossil fuel inputs and results in the production of greenhouse gases (GHGs).   Where are fossil fuel inputs required? Where do GHGs originate? How do food choices like vegetarian, local, organic among others impact GHG production? See Presentation


January 5, 2020: UU Legislative Ministry of Maryland (UULM-MD)

We discussed the role and work of UULM-MD, as well as some of the key legislative and advocacy issues we expect to working on during the 2020 Maryland General Assembly session.  Information from the January Forum is here.


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