A Positive Difference

A Positive Difference

I am only one
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something.
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.

Edward Everett Hale, 1822 – 1909

This quote made me think of all the people at OCUUC who, with all of our contributions and working together, can and do make a positive difference for ourselves and community.

One of the ways OCUUC made a positive difference this last month was by hosting the 3rd Annual Wild and Scenic Environmental Family Film Festival. The film festival was a great success due to the tireless and talented work of Chairperson, Karen Kennedy, and her committee members. Thank you, thank you, Karen and committee members!

Here’s another way OCUUC recently made a positive difference in our community. Last month I was contacted by several people asking if OCUUC would write a letter of support for the Community Choice Energy (CCE) program to be considered at the October 20, 2020 Costa Mesa City Council meeting.

Community Choice Energy is a fiscally responsible and proven wide-scale action plan that cities can take to increase renewable energy options at competitive rates for all its residents and businesses as an alternative to Southern California Edison. If you would like to learn more about CCE, please open this link. https://www.climaterealityoc.com/learn.

Two of those who contacted me requesting OCUUC’s support of CCE were Linda Kraemer, a long-time member of OCUUC and Dr. Kathleen Treseder of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCI. Dr. Treseder has visited our church services several times and she has been one of the leaders of CCE in Orange County.

The OCUUC board voted unanimously in favor of sending a letter of support for CCE.

On October 20, 2020, the Costa Mesa City Council voted 6 to 1 in favor to instruct staff to negotiate with Irvine to join Irvine’s Community Choice Energy program.

From the feedback I received from Linda and Kathleen, OCUUC’s letter of support was taken very seriously by the Mayor and City Council. We may be only one of many churches in Costa Mesa, but we can and do make a difference.

I wish you all a wonderful November and a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Debra Quam