For the past two years 350 Bay Area has given out Climate Justice Awards. Our awardees this year are:

– Isabella Zizi, Land Defender, Idle No More SF Bay
– John Gioia, Contra Costa County Supervisor
– 1000 Grandmothers, accepted by Barbara Rhine
– Cheryl Davila, Former Councilmember, City of Berkeley, Founder & Chair, Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force (CEMTF)

Please join us on April 21st — Register today! www.earthday2022.bpt.me and enjoy learning more about each honoree below.

Isabella Zizi

Isabella Zizi is Northern Cheyenne, Arikara and Muskogee Creek and has been a member of Idle No More SF Bay since 2014 and has led and organized many non-violent direct actions alongside other Indigenous women and Allie’s throughout the SF Bay Area. Late 2015, Zizi became a signatory on the Indigenous Women of the Americas Defending Mother Earth Treaty and has committed to educating, speaking and disrupting business as usual on every equinox and solstice. She’s received a lot of her wisdom and skills in organizing by her beloved Indigenous Grandmothers and is dedicated to continue to spread this form of intergenerational knowledge with to the community who she cares so deeply about.

John Gioia

image credit: Richmond Standard

John Gioia has been on the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors since 1999 and has been overwhelmingly re-elected five times and represents the western most urban and diverse area of the county.  Previously he served for 10 years on the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Board and served as President.

John is an environmental leader and serves on the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) where he’s increased public access to the Bay, and is Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority where he helped lead the successful effort to pass an historic measure to raise $500 million for San Francisco Bay.

Governor Brown appointed John to serve on the California Air Resources Board (CARB) from 2013 to 2020 where he voted on groundbreaking new rules requiring a transition to zero-emission trucks and buses, and supported the nation’s strongest regulations to fight climate change.

John has served on the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) Board since 2006, serving as Chair in 2012.  During his time on the BAAQMD Board, John has strongly advocated and voted for strong regulations limiting pollution from oil refineries and industry, including the recently passed Rule 6-5 which reduces toxic particulate matter from refineries by 70%.

John has also provided environmental leadership in Contra Costa County by proposing and establishing a Sustainability Commission made up of community members, a County Sustainability Officer, and a Sustainability Committee of the Board of Supervisors.  He co-sponsored the County’s Climate Emergency Resolution and the recently passed ordinance banning natural gas and requiring full electrification for new construction in the County’s unincorporated areas.

1000 Grandmothers for Future Generations

We are elder women who step up to the urgency of the Climate Crisis.  Some of us have biological grandchildren and some of us do not.  In our view, all women of a certain age who care about future generations are Grandmothers. We do whatever we can to expose, impede, and shut down the fossil fuel industry.

We work with indigenous and other frontline communities because we believe that climate issues are inseparable from those of environmental justice. We are dedicated to nonviolence in all our actions.

We accept the limitations that come with age, and take these into account as we design and plan with flexibility.  We try as elders to infuse our discussions and actions with kindness. We create and support opportunities for elder women to commit acts of civil disobedience, and we also understand the equal importance of the myriad of other steps that grandmothers take to address the Climate Crisis.​

We show up at international, national, and local climate justice actions and demonstrations. We show up for legislative and electoral campaigns that confront the power of the fossil fuel industry. We show up to support indigenous and front line struggles; protests called for by youth leaders; and hearings, boycotts and campaigns to stop the fossil fuel industry from destroying our human habitat.

To get a visual sense of all this, click on the following link for a short video about our journey to Minnesota to Stop Line Three: https://vimeo.com/558779216

Cheryl Davila

Former Berkeley Councilmember Cheryl Davila is a champion for the climate. She authored the 2018 Climate Emergency Declaration for the City of Berkeley, which was the 3rd in the World.  Now fifty-five cities in California,  thirty-five in the Bay Area cities and all but one of the nine Bay Area counties have followed Berkeley (and Cheryl’s) lead by adopting climate emergency resolutions.  Cheryl is the founder and chair of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force, which urges cities to take actions to follow up on their climate emergency declarations and strive for a just transition away from fossil fuels.

While on the council and afterwards she has worked tirelessly to find solutions to homelessness, end the Berkeley Police Department’s participation in the Urban Shield, a wargames training program, and stands for equity, building community through unity and respect.

Cheryl is a forty-one year resident and renter in the City of Berkeley. She is a mother of two now adults, children and wife for thirty-five years. Cheryl has a Business Economics degree from Mills College in Oakland and received an academic award, Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in economics. Former Councilmember Davila is proud to have sponsored and cosponsored over 300 pieces of legislation to promote the health, well-being of Berkeley residents and safeguard our environment from further degradation.