CASTINE, Maine — The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Castine has sold its investments in five corporations engaged in the production of fossil fuels.
The action was taken in conjunction with a resolution adopted a year ago by the national Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly. The resolution called upon Unitarian Universalist congregations to shed investments in firms among the “Carbon Trackers 200,” a list of the 200 firms found to be pumping the most carbon into the atmosphere.
“We are pleased to be able to take this step”, says Lynn H. Parsons, president of UUCC’s Governing Board, in a press release. “Whether it be the acidification of oceans, melting polar ice caps, rising sea levels, or increased drought in agricultural areas, separation from those corporations that contribute to and profit from climate change is but the first step in reducing our addiction to fossil fuels.”
The Rev. Charles J. Stephens, interim minister of UUCC, agrees, pointing out that the action is in full accord with the UUA’s Seven Principles, one of which calls for “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”
“Proclaiming a faith is often easy,” said Stephens in a press release. “Acting on it is quite another thing. In our case, we can hardly lament climate change while at the same time collecting dividends from those who are contributing to it.”
UUCC will be taking further steps to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, including better insulation of windows in its Parish House, installing circulating ceiling fans, and possibly holding services in the Parish House in the winter to conserve fuel.