One of our GreenFaith Certification requirements is to become involved in Environmental Justice, locally and internationally. This is a new concept for the TSTI Community so here are some basics:
Definition of the term Environment:
•The complex of physical, chemical, and biotic factors (as climate, soil, and living things) that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival.
•The aggregate of social and cultural conditions that influence the life of an individual or community.
Definition of the term Justice:
•The quality of being just, impartial, or fair.
•The principle or ideal of just dealing or right action;
conformity to this principle or ideal
•Righteousness. and the quality of conforming to the law
Definition of Environmental Justice (EJ):
Environmental Justice is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies
As a result of attending an all day workshop, back in March, the TSTI Green Team has aligned locally with the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance (NJEJA) : http://www.njeja.org/
There will be opportunities to support and advocate on issues that are local to our community because they are going to be very focused on Essex County. Please stay tuned for more information on this.
As for the International EJ focus, we reached out to the Religious Action Center (RAC) and they aligned us with International Climate Change Adaptation. The Earth’s climate is rapidly changing. In the United States and other nations, people are seeing how the impacts of rising global temperatures affect their communities, their livelihoods, and the natural environment. Substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions is essential to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. But mitigation alone is not enough. Even with emission reductions, some warming will still occur. Adaptation planning at the local, state, and national levels can limit the damage caused by climate change, as well as the long-term costs of responding to climate-related impacts that are expected to grow in number and intensity in the decades to come.
Please stay tuned for more information on our plan for advocacy, etc.
The TSTI Green Team is looking for more other congregants who are interested help with the International EJ activities as we need to complete two for GreenFaith certification. Please email Sue Hoch at email@example.com
if you are interested.