The Unity movement acknowledges the interdependence of all life and holds it sacred. It is a journey of spiritual relationships with Earth and its creatures. It is through awakened consciousness that we see everything as the presence of God.

Novella Keyler is our Earth Care Team Leader. We are already certified as a green church and want to do even more for own community and the wider community. If you are interested in joining our Earth Care Team, send an email to office@abqunity.org with “Earth Care” in the subject line. 

MEATLESS MONDAYS Presented by our USCABQ Earth Care Team
Never has it been easier to eat less meat, or even to eliminate it entirely! 40+ years ago, there were few tasty options at the grocery store, and restaurants offered almost no choices, but BOY has that changed! There are many benefits to cutting down on the amount of meat you eat - for the environment, for your health, and for the animals.
          The USCABQ Earth Care Team hopes you will give it a try. You don't have to go cold turkey. Instead, try easing into meatless meals. Consider going meatless one day a week. If you don't like the idea of a whole day without meat, start with a couple of meatless dinners each week. Plan meals that feature your favorite entrees that are typically meatless, such as lasagna, soup or pasta salad. Click here for our recipe library. 
          Did you know? Going meatless once a week saves 23,212 gallons of water per year, enough to feed 64 people!

Newest Meatless Monday Recipe

           
The busy days of Fall and winding down of Summer can make it hard to get motivated in the kitchen, so this month I am including an easy open-faced sandwich that can be ready lickety-split. The directions are for one sandwich, so just multiply your ingredients to fit your family.  If you would like to make this sandwich vegan, use a vegan mayonnaise and cheese substitute (Violife Cheddar Shreds are the closest I have found to real cheese), or just leave the cheese off – it will still taste great!
 
GUACO-QUESO SANDWICH

  • One piece of good quality whole grain bread per sandwich
  • Mayonnaise
  • ½ ripe avocado per sandwich, sliced
  • Cheddar cheese –sliced or grated
  • Sliced tomato
  • A couple of tablespoons chopped green chile for each sandwich

Spread some mayonnaise on the bread and top it with the sliced avocado. Add the tomato slices and top with the cheese. Spread the chopped green chile over the top. Place the sandwich on a cookie sheet and broil until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread are crispy. Eat with a fork.
 
Did you know?  Meat production is a major contributor to greenhouse gases. Plant based foods have a much smaller footprint, so by cutting your meat consumption by just one day a week you can help minimize the effects of global warming.

Four takeaways from the first climate bill

Re The Inflation Reduction Act passed August 7, 2022

Here are four takeaways on how the bill aims to address climate change:  
This is the single largest investment in reducing emissions in U.S. history -  
The bill offers $369 billion in energy security and climate investments and
includes $4,000 in tax credits for purchasing a new electric vehicle along with a
$7,500 tax credit for buying used one. Funds cannot be used on vehicles that
have batteries made from minerals processed in China, however. 

The bill aims to bring down harmful emissions by 40 percent  
Tax incentives for electric vehicles, investments in green energy production and
commitment to low-emission air technology would put the country on the path
to cutting its total carbon emissions by around 40 percent below 2005 levels
over the next eight years.  

One of the bill’s goals is to bring more renewable energy to low-income
communities.  If passed by the House, $60 billion would be used to help low-income
communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change to help
improve climate resilience, energy efficiency and air quality among other things.
The package would also provide millions of dollars of climate resiliency funds to
tribal governments and Native Hawaiians.  

Edited from https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/3593219-4-takeaways-from-the-first-climate-bill-passed-by-the-senate/