Earth Day Service on April 18th with Guest Speaker Biologist Alexandra Morton
The official Earth Day is April 22, 2021 so our annual UCV Earth Day service will be Sunday April 18.
The Unitarian Universalism’s seventh principle is “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” which makes this a special day for us to celebrate with reverence and gratitude our connection to the natural world. We are also reminded that Unitarians have a long noble history of acting on our beliefs—of not only inspiring, facilitating and supporting congregational practices, but actively working to bring change in the world around us.
For the past 24 years, the Environment Team has brought in a wide range of people who exemplified standing up to protect the environment to give the Earth Day service homily. Examples of speakers range from Rex Wyler, an early Greenpeace member, to Aline LaFlamme, Metis elder, Dr. Bill Rees who coined the term “ecological footprint”, to our own eco warrior, Karl Perrin.
This year we are excited to have Gwayum’dzi Alexandra Morton who has been called “the Jane Goodall of Canada” because of her passionate thirty-year fight to save BC’s wild salmon. This month she released her latest book Not On My Watch.
Our own Wild Salmon Action Team (a nimble subset of the Environment Team) has been working to support Alexandra and Indigenous groups in the battle to get fish farms out of West Coast waters.