In 2019, Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship voted to support reducing the effects of climate change by endorsing the Manatee Clean Energy Alliance (MCEA) and we provided space where they can meet and plan their activities. (Zoom meetings are being used during the pandemic.) Ocean rise, a direct result of climate change, is also a particular risk and concern for Manatee County and of the congregation and other local environmental groups.
There are three public areas where emphasis can be activated to support reducing climate change: One is at the local level, the second at the state level and the third at the national (and international) level. Each represents a challenge to the congregation and other environmental groups.
At the local level, MCEA strives to inform, educate and influence local officials, mayors, the commissioners and the public to start and fund programs that will bring about the Sierra Club’s program “Ready for 100” to reach 100% clean energy by 2035. The challenge is to get action through plans and programs adopted and supported at the city and county levels to work