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Climate Action Links

 Climate Action: Climate Justice

  • Central California Environmental Justice Network CCEJN’s mission is to empower our communities and secure our children’s future by eliminating negative environmental impacts in low income and communities of color in the Central Valley
  • Centre for Environmental Rights  We are activist lawyers who help communities and civil society organisations in South Africa realise our Constitutional right to a healthy environment by advocating and litigating for environmental justice.
  • Climate Justice Alliance formed in 2013 to create a new center of gravity in the climate movement by uniting frontline communities and organizations into a formidable force. Our translocal organizing strategy and mobilizing capacity is building a Just Transition away from extractive systems of production, consumption and political oppression, and towards resilient, regenerative and equitable economies. 
  • Communities for a Better Environment The mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments. 
  • Idle No More  “Idle No More has quickly become one of the largest Indigenous mass movements in Canadian history – sparking hundreds of teach-ins, rallies, and protests across Turtle Island and beyond. What began as a series of teach-ins throughout Saskatchewan to protest impending parliamentary bills that will erode Indigenous sovereignty and environmental protections, has now changed the social and political landscape of Canada.”
  • Indigenous Environmental Network  An alliance of Indigenous peoples whose mission it is to protect the sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting Indigenous teachings and natural laws.
  • Movement Generation  “The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban-based organizations, in the Bay Area and beyond, working for economic and racial justice in communities of color.
  • National Black Environmental Justice Network is dedicated to improving the lives of Black people and addressing the systemic racism that harms and denies Black People equal access to environmental, climate, racial and economic justice, health equity, political power, civil rights and human rights.
  • Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) International Women are rising for climate justice and community led solutions. 

Climate Justice: Articles & Tracker

Climate Action Groups: International

  • 350.org  Bill McKibben and friends established 350.org to bring attention to the number 350. McKibben writes, “The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth.” Here is a “must read” Rolling Stone article, “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” by Bill McKibben.  
  • Citizen’s Climate Lobby  “Citizens Climate Lobby proposes that a tax be placed on fossil fuels, based on the CO2 content of those fuels, at the point of sale. Revenue from that tax should be returned to the public as a monthly or annual payment to protect households from the rising costs associated with the carbon tax.
  • Climate Reality Project  “In 2006, Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore got the world talking about climate change with the Academy Award-winning film An Inconvenient Truth. It was just the beginning of a a climate revolution. Later that year he founded what would become The Climate Reality Project to move the conversatin forward and turn awareness into action all across the Earth.
  • Extinction Rebellion At the core of Extinction Rebellion’s philosophy is nonviolent civil disobedience. We promote civil disobedience and rebellion because we think it is necessary….Our duty is to create a world fit for the next seven generations to live in.
  • Fridays for Future #FridaysForFuture is a movement that began in August 2018, after 15 years old Greta Thunberg sat in front of the Swedish parliament every schoolday for three weeks, to protest against the lack of action on the climate crisis.
  • Greenpeace International  “Greenpeace uses non-violent creative action to pave the way towards a greener, more peaceful world, and to confront the systems that threaten our environment.”
  • Project Drawdown “Stopping global warming is possible with solutions that exist today.”
  • Sunrise Movement “Building an army of young people to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process.” Supports and advocates for the Green New Deal.

Climate Action Groups:  San Francisco Bay Area 

  • 350 Bay Area  “We are building a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. We have six campaigns and five local groups.”
  • California Clean Money Campaign and SB52 Disclose Act  “We are building a grassroots climate movement, working for deep reductions in carbon pollution in the San Francisco Bay Area & beyond. We have six campaigns and five local groups.”
  • Ecology Center In addition to its recycling program, store, and resource center/library, the Ecology Center has a Climate Change Project and hosts free Climate Change Action Workshops and trainings. I attended one of these workshops and it was a heartening experience to meet with others in the community over a series of four nights, supporting each other in our small efforts to lower our footprints while also looking how to influence our communities and climate policy. Also, check out the Ecology Center’s Calendar for climate related events in the Bay Area.
  • Movement Generation  “The Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project provides in-depth analysis and information about the global ecological crisis and facilitates strategic planning for action among leading organizers from urban-based organizations, in the Bay Area and beyond, working for economic and racial justice in communities of color.
  • Pachamaama Alliance Works to empower indigenous people of the Amazon rainforest to preserve their lands and culture and, using insights gained from that work, to educate and inspire individuals everywhere to bring forth a thriving, just and sustainable world.

Information and Resources

  • Borrowed Time Calling all librarians! This is an initiative by libraries and librarians to encourage their communities to respond to climate change. Podcasts, events, blogs and more. Participate in programs, recommended reading, etc.
  • Center for Climate and Energy Solutions “Practical solutions to climate change”
  • Climate One “Climate One at The Commonwealth Club is a thriving leadership dialogue on energy, the environment and the economy. It brings together top thinkers and doers from business, government, academia and advocacy groups to advance the discussion about a clean energy future.”
  • Environmental Justice Atlas  Mapping ecological conflicts and spaces of resistance. Across the world communities are struggling to defend their land, air, water, forests and their livelihoods from damaging projects and extractive activities with heavy environmental and social impacts: mining, dams, tree plantations, fracking, gas flaring, incinerators, etc. As resources needed to fuel our economy move through the commodity chain from extraction, processing and disposal, at each stage environmental impacts are externalized onto the most marginalized populations. Often this all takes place far from the eyes of concerned citizens or consumers of the end-products.
  • Green America Growing the green economy for people and planet.
  • Global Energy Monitor Develops and shares information on fossil fuel projects in support of the worldwide movement for clean energy.
  • Grist.org
  • Heatisonline.org: Ross Gelbspan on Rewiring the World.
  • InsideClimateNews-Today’s Climate Page 
  • Policy Tracker Climate policy tracker on legislation progress in the UK.

Articles/Papers

  • Bolivia’s climate crisis on Fault Lines  This production details both World People’s Conference on Climate Change (which took place 5 months after Copenhagen failed) and gives a close up look at a country that faces water shortages due to glacier melt (as one interviewee said “What price can you put on a glacier?”)
  • Guardian Article on John Hansen’s paper and why 350 ppm is the target.
  • The Climate Science Special Report (CSSR) (2017) is “an assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States, to serve as the foundation for efforts to assess climate-related risks and inform decision-making about responses.” This article by Jeff Goddell offers highlights.
  • International Energy Association, Spring 2020: How to Make the Economic Recovery from Coronavirus an Environmentally Sustainable One  
  • Post Carbon Radio Show “Community radio bringing focus to how we, in West Marin, California are transitioning to an era that is no longer dependent on fossil fuels; re-localizing and increasing our community resilience, in the face of climate change, the end of cheap oil, the depletion of our natural resources and the unprecedented extinction of species.” (Archive of shows through 2017)

Footprint Focused: Tools and Guides

  • Center for Ecoliteracy dedicated to cultivating education for sustainable living.
  • GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives): Zero Waste  
  • Story of Stuff Project: We’ve produced dozens of animated shorts and documentaries that chart a path to a more just and sustainable future.