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Chasing Ice at BUUF December 14
Please join us here at BUUF on December 14 at 7 PM for a free screening presented by The Social Justice Coalition of Chasing Ice, an award-winning documentary.
Synopsis from the Chasing Ice website:
“In the spring of 2005, acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog headed to the Arctic on a tricky assignment for National Geographic: to capture images to help tell the story of the Earth’s changing climate. Even with a scientific upbringing, Balog had been a skeptic about climate change. But that first trip north opened his eyes to the biggest story in human history and sparked a challenge within him that would put his career and his very well-being at risk.
“Chasing Ice is the story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. Within months of that first trip to Iceland, the photographer conceived the boldest expedition of his life: The Extreme Ice Survey. With a band of young adventurers in tow, Balog began deploying revolutionary time-lapse cameras across the brutal Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s changing glaciers.
Solar Electric System Installed
The Berrien Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) has installed a solar electric system to generate most of the electricity that the small fellowship needs to operate. The 6.2 kilowatt ground mounted system was installed by Four Elements Energy of Lawrence, MI, and is the first grid connected solar electric system to be granted a building permit in Lincoln Township.
According to BUUF Green Sanctuary Team Leader Harvey Johnson, “The system is the latest effort by BUUF to make our fellowship more sustainable. It is one of the ways we are working to become a designated Green Sanctuary. This designation is given by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to UUA churches and fellowships that incorporate stewardship for the earth into Religious Education projects, Worship and Celebration projects, Sustainable Living projects, and Environmental Justice actions. We voted at our 2015 annual meeting in June to begin the process of becoming a Green Sanctuary by investing in the solar system to generate our own electricity from the sun. We wanted to kick off our Green Sanctuary campaign with a tangible demonstration of our commitment to environmental stewardship. In 2016 we will formally begin assessing how we measure up on the four focus areas and then we will develop plans to take specific actions. We hope to complete the Green Sanctuary Program requirements and become an accredited Green Sanctuary during 2017.” As of June 30, 2015, there are 250 accredited UU Green Sanctuaries in the U.S. of a total of approximately 1000 UU congregations.