The Environment - Overview
As Unitarian Universalists, we recognize and respect the interdependence of all existence. We are called to seek solutions to environmental degradation in affirmation of our Seventh Principle. Most are now aware of the severe consequences of the Earth’s warming climate. This not only threatens to disrupt key ecological processes, but will exacerbate worldwide inequality as its impacts disproportionately affect marginalized groups in vulnerable regions.
Unitarian Universalists have always made key contributions to nationwide grassroots environmental efforts. Now more than ever, we are called to lead as UUs and citizens to transform Maryland’s energy industry and protect our health and environment. The 2018 Session of the Maryland General Assembly brings renewed opportunities for Maryland citizens to speak out on climate change and renewable energy.
Clean Energy is an environmental issue. With its over 3.000 miles of tidal shoreline, Maryland is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise.
Clean Energy is a health issue. In Baltimore City, the number of children afflicted with asthma is twice the national average. Dirty energy contributes to air pollution and harms the health of Marylanders—especially those most vulnerable such as the elderly, children, and low-income communities.
Clean Energy is an economic issue. Maryland is poised to stimulate a statewide resurgence of manufacturing and construction jobs. Between 2015 and 2016 the solar industry grew 20 times faster than the state’s overall economy. Raising the RPS to 50% by 2030 could support and retain nearly 20,000 jobs in the solar industry. The wind industry is also beginning to thrive in Maryland.
Clean Energy is a social justice issue. Low-income people and people of color are disproportionately harmed by increased health costs with 68% of African Americans and nearly two in five Latinos living within 30 miles of a coal-fired power plant.
More clean, renewable electricity to power our homes and businesses will benefit our health, our economy, our climate, and our communities and place us on a pathway to achieve 100% renewable energy in Maryland.
UULM-MD has been a member of the Maryland Climate Coalition since its inception.