Coping with Climate Disasters Through Community Partnerships

Coping with Climate Disasters Through Community Partnerships

Climate solutions must have equity at their nucleus, including strong community partnerships, in order to ensure the resilience of all communities. Policymakers must engage these partnerships in the most efficient and equitable manner so our communities can transform before our time is up.  Climate change is not an impending phenomenon, it is here and it is already affecting our communities; remember Paradise, California? And the frightening reality is that catastrophes don’t just damage physical infrastructure. Fires, heat waves, sea level rise and a host of other climate disasters have public health, human rights, and economic consequences too. And as these disasters increase in rate and severity so will the impacts…
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A Black Woman’s Story: Experience, Cultural Identity, Professional Growth

A Black Woman’s Story: Experience, Cultural Identity, Professional Growth

A Black Woman’s Story: Why lived experience and cultural identity are critical elements in every advocate’s professional development. #ChangeFromWithin I’ve been pretty political my entire life. My father taught me the true history of Christopher Columbus in the 6th grade, and by the 7th grade, my mom exposed me to DemocracyNow! (DN!) I remember the story of Stanley “Tookie” Williams as the first narrative that moved me. Tookie co-founded the Crips and became an anti-gang advocate who focused on redemption for folks of all backgrounds. I had heard his story from his own words two weeks before he was scheduled to be executed and then listened to the DemocracyNow! broadcast…
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White Supremacy + Capitalism = Climate Change

White Supremacy + Capitalism = Climate Change

The morning after the United Nations IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) dropped its “Global Warming of 1.5°C” report I felt almost every emotion available: angry, scared, frustrated, heartbroken, distraught. The report calls for “rapid, far reaching, and unprecedented systems change” in order to maintain a global temperature rise of no more than 1.5°C in the Anthropocene — the era of human-caused climate change. 1.5° global temperature increase is key because the catastrophes the world would experience between 1.5° and 2° are stark. Coral reefs would almost entirely disappear with 2° of warming, with just 10–30% of existing reefs surviving at 1.5°C. Our behavior, from the industrial revolution to the…
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