Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice


FCC’s Environmental Justice Team has a new project: Composting!

We have an official composting bin located behind the dumpster. The idea came from a Church dinner last year when we noticed a large container of vegetable peels, etc. being trashed. Now, you can rejoice…these goodies will be returned to the Earth!

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Are you going to join Carol and me?

Stew Creelman 413-567-5528 …

First Church is Going Solar!

However, you won’t be seeing any solar panels on our roof just yet.  We are taking advantage of a program called “Community Solar”, offered by Nexamp, headquartered in Boston.  Nexamp provides us ‘solar credits from power generated on a solar farm located in the area.  Community Solar should reduce our overall electric costs by about 15%. 

These same savings are available to all church members.  For more information, go to www.nexamp.com.  And be sure to mention a referral by First Church.  Both you and the church may get a $25.00 Amazon gift card when you sign up.   There is no long-term commitment and no cost associated with going (community) solar.…

Speaker Series-Climate Change

Sponsored by the Environmental Justice and Adult Ed. Teams

This is a Big deal. The big deal is climate change. Our UCC synod believes that it is not only important that scientists line up to talk about it, but people of faith must join the conversation. According to climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University, the most important thing we can do is to talk about it. Watch Ms. Hayhoe’s TED talk on the topic below:

All three talks will be after church in the Buxton Room. Grab your coffee and a snack and head in for some great information and discussion!

September 29, 2019 @ 11:30: Dr. Raymond Bradley, Climatologist

Dr. Raymond Bradley, research director of the Climate System Research Center at UMASS will speak on his own and the climate center’s research on climate change. His work indicates that the warming of the earth’s climate system in the twentieth century cannot be explained by natural mechanisms.

Dr. Raymond Bradley is a climatologist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Bradley is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the world’s leaders in climate study and has written thirteen books on climate change.

Clean Energy

Are You A Bystander?

If you believe that global warming is real and largely the result of human activity, but don’t know what you, as an individual can do about it, or that your actions won’t make a difference, then consider taking the following action steps. During the next several months, we in Longmeadow and Western Mass have the unique opportunity to convince our State Legislators to pass a carbon fee/rebate bill that will have a dramatic effect in lowering the use of carbon fuels, helping our economy, and setting an example for other states and eventually the federal government to follow.

Step 1.   Educate yourself about Barrett Bill S 1747 by reading the following attachments:

Step 2.   Read, sign, and send this letter to your legislator and their two leaders.

Step 3.   Contact your relatives, friends, co-workers, and business leaders in Massachusetts and encourage them to follow your lead.

Step 4.  Take satisfaction that you are part of a growing movement that is having a positive effect in proper Stewardship of the Earth and that you are NO LONGER JUST A BYSTANDER.

Mark Pohlman
Environmental Justice Team


Styrofoam Banned for Church Use

The Environmental Justice Team has advised the church to ban use of Styrofoam for food products in our church and the church is in the process of doing so.

Styrofoam is dangerous to your health.   Our team strongly advises all not to use Styrofoam for food use.  When in contact with hot foods and acidic and oily foods, the Styrofoam separates into styrene and benzene and then some small particles are ingested. Exposure to styrene is highly correlated to developing lymphoma and leukemia and multiple forms of other cancers or maladies.

Styrofoam is not recyclable, excepting for non food use Styrofoam which can be cut up into smaller pieces such as “peanuts”. Over time, the Styrofoam will break down and end up in dumps or more likely the ocean. For it to disappear completely, it is reported to take ~ 500 years. There are good substitutes for Styrofoam products so please use them instead.

Check our Environmental Justice Bulletin Board, or read a more complete discussion of Styrofoam in the Environmental Justice Team’s Styrofoam Report.