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THURSTON CLIMATE ACTION TEAM: BLACK LIVES MATTER

BLACK LIVES MATTER

We are unable to move forward with climate action, if we don't recognize and challenge the systems which de-humanize Black Americans and resist the climate actions necessary for our survival. TCAT believes that racial justice is directly connected to the fight for climate justice. In our theory of change, TCAT recognizes that to create change, we must first define the problem we are trying to solve. The recent and historical violence against Black people in the U.S is a result of the injustices that founded this nation: the genocide of Indigenous people and slavery of Black people in this country. One consequence of this history is economic and political institutions that place profits over people. It is a privilege for many of us only to be worried about fighting for climate justice, instead of surviving daily from White supremacy. TCAT is committed to amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, Latinx and other People of Color in our communities through the Thurston Climate Equity Project, to assure these communities' needs are included in the Thurston Climate Mitigation Plan

This newsletter provides resources for taking action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. As an organization based in action, TCAT believes it is important to stay informed and acquire knowledge from many resources in order to take action. The resources shared here are only a sliver of the information available on connecting climate actions to racial justice, and we encourage you all to continue on the journey of dismantling all oppressive systems that affect not just our planet, but people across the world.

Photo by Leah Thomas (@greengirlleah)

TAKE ACTION: Petitions, Donations, Education | Black Faces, White Spaces

We All Must Do Something


Social movements are driven by collective actions and each of us have a role we partake in. Some of us are educators in our communities, while others are direct organizers. No matter what your role is, every person can take part in social change. For a list of petitions to sign, places to donate and educational resources in support of Black Lives Matter, click here.

Other ways you can take action are by visiting the 500 Women Scientists page on "Communiting Your Support For #BlackLivesMatter: Do's, Don'ts and Resources" or reading about "5 Ways White People Can Take Action in Response to White and State-Sanctioned Violence" by Showing Up for Racial Justice on Medium. 

To deepen anti-racism work and bring awareness to a greater number of educational resources, make sure to share these anti-racism resources among your different communities.
 
Photo by GreenPeace (2016)

Support Black Authors and Environmentalists


Carolyn Finney is an assistant professor of geography at the University of Kentucky, a storyteller, a cultural geographer and the author of Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors. In this book, Finney explores how the natural environment has been understood, commodified, and represented by both White and Black Americans. Finney intersects the legacies of slavery, Jim Crow, and racial violence against Black people in the U.S to address the lack of representation of Black people in the "great outdoors".
 
 

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: Racial Diversity in the U.S Climate Movement | Environmental Justice Webinars

Racial Diversity in the U.S. Climate Movement


Clara Fang, Antioch University New England
Association for Environmental Studies & Sciences


WATCH RECORDING HERE!
March 17th, 2020

People of color are projected to become a majority of the U.S. population by 2043 but are grossly underrepresented in environmental organizations that work on climate change. They are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and engaging these groups on climate change would have a huge impact on policies that advance climate solutions. This webinar presents current data on diversity in the climate movement and the results of a mixed-method study with self-identified climate activists to understand their engagement on climate change, perceived barriers, as well as recommended strategies from experts on how to diversify the climate movement.

The Path to Environmental Justice is Local

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 9:00 AM PST
REGISTER HERE!

The webinar is presented by Elizabeth Yeampierre, an internationally recognized Puerto Rican attorney of African and Indigenous ancestry and environmental/climate justice leader who is the executive director of UPROSE, Brooklyn’s oldest Puerto Rican community-based organization. 

When Kids Fight for Environmental Justice,
Words Have Power

Thursday, June 11, 2020 – 9:00 AM PST
REGISTER HERE!

In her keynote, Jaysa will tell the story of how, when she was 10-years-old, she began to give speeches at rallies, testified at City Hall, and helped shut down the coal-fired power plant that was causing her asthma.
For more information click here.

NEWS: Black Birders Week | Racial Justice & Climate Justice | Defunding the Police is Good Climate Policy

First-Ever Black Birders Week Tackles
Racism Outdoors


By Olivia Rosane | EcoWatch | June 03, 2020

"A video of an incident in Central Park last Monday, in which a white woman named Amy Cooper called the cops on African American birder Christian Cooper after he asked her to put her dog on a leash, went viral last week, raising awareness of the racism Black people face for simply trying to enjoy nature.

A group of more than 30 Black scientists and nature lovers decided to launch the first-ever Black Birders Week, a social media event intended to raise awareness of African American participation in outdoor activities and the challenges they face, Audubon Magazine reported..."

To continue reading about the campaign, click here.

"Racism Derails Our Efforts to Save the Planet"


Washington Post | InsideClimate News | June 03, 2020

On Monday, June 1st as hundreds of people gathered in Brooklyn to protest George Floyd's killing in Minneapolis, according to Inside Climate News, community organizers were "joined in protest by the nation's most prominent climate change activist groups, including the Sierra Club, 350.org, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sunrise Movement and Extinction Rebellion". This act in solidarity is part of a greater movement for environmental organizations to address the history of racism and exclusion of Black people in their work. 

As the The Rev. Fletcher Harper, an Episcopal priest who is executive director of GreenFaith stated, "For too long, we haven't been concerned enough about Black and Brown people who can't breathe because they are carrying the weight of climate change and White supremacy.

As Ayana Elizabeth Johnson a Black marine biologist wrote for the Washington Post, "How can we expect black Americans to focus on climate when we are so at risk on our streets, in our communities, and even within our own homes? How can people of color effectively lead their communities on climate solutions when faced with pervasive and life-shortening racism?" 

To read more about climate activists embracing racial justice click here, or continue reading the piece by Ayana for the Washington Post here.

Photo of protesters: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP (2019)
Artwork: PHILLY'S 7TH WARD

"Defunding the Police Is Good Climate Policy"


Kate Aronoff | The New Republic | June 4, 2020

"As the state faces a pandemic-driven budget crisis, the programs that cap-and-trade revenue funds—including climate and environmental justice programs, investing in jobs and climate mitigation in black and brown communities—could now be at risk...

A coalition led by Black Lives Matter-LA, after months of consultation with thousands of Angelenos, proposed a People’s Budget for the city, focusing on a framework they call #CareNotCops, allocating just 5.72 percent of unrestricted funds to law enforcement and policing, as opposed to Garcetti’s 53.8 percent. Ongoing pressure appears to be having an impact: On Wednesday, the mayor announced he wouldn’t authorize an increase in the LAPD’s budget after all and would move to reallocate $250 million to black communities to address health and education issues, albeit offering few specifics...

An ever-growing number of green groups have released statements expressing solidarity with protesters and denouncing police brutality, white supremacy, and the increasingly warlike rhetoric from the White House...there’s plenty of common cause to be found in calls to defund the police and invest in a more generous, democratic, and green public sphere, well beyond the scope of what any carbon-pricing measure can accomplish. For green activists, that will mean seeing decarbonization less as a narrow battle for line items that incentivize renewables than as a contest to shape who and what society values in a climate-changed twenty-first century..." Continue reading here.

To learn more about the connection between mass incarceration and environmental justice click here, or learn about the Prison Ecology project by visiting this website

SUPPORT TCAT'S WORK 

Spring Fundraiser


A big THANK YOU to all those who generously donated during our recent Spring fund drive. Your financial support will help us continue our work. It will help us with supplies, staffing and other financial needs as we look to create new, local climate solutions that help create a healthier, more equitable community.

Donate to Thurston Climate Action Team

 

TCAT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization advancing projects that increase collaboration between local environmental groups, governments and our community to lower our greenhouse gas emissions and protect our livable planet. 

 

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Celebrating Washington State Employees Who Donate Throughout the Year



Washington State Employees Combined Fund is partnering with Thurston Climate Action Team! Choose the amount you’ll give every paycheck to support local projects that lower our carbon footprint, and unite the fight for a livable planet. Click the image below to get started!  Search for Thurston Climate Action Team, or Charity Code: 1482564.

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Excerpt from cfd.wa.gov:

[...] "For more than 30 years, Washington State has proven to be one of the most giving states in the nation. Each year, over 15,000 active and retired public employees pledge more than $5 million to over 1,700 local, national and global charities. That number is good enough to place Washington State third in the nation amongst state employee giving programs, an incredible feat given the fact that our great state is 13th in overall population." [...]

            
 

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The TCAT Weekly Newsletter is published every week by Samara Almonte, Digital Communications Coordinator. Most images are provided by pixabay.

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