Celebrate these wonderful individuals and organizations for Earth Week 2021! Register here with Brown Paper Tickets: https://earth-week-honorary-event.brownpapertickets.com
Wei-Tai Kwok is Co-Founder of The Climate Reality Project’s Bay Area Chapter, which at 1,000+ members is the largest in the country. In 2006 after watching An Inconvenient Truth, he realized “we don’t have 100 years to solve this problem” and with children just 6 and 9 years old, he knew the current generation of adults, himself included, needed to wake up, shift gears and take action. After spending 30 minutes in a graphic design meeting discussing whether his client’s website should have buttons with square vs round corners, he walked out and quit his 17-year career in the advertising agency industry to find a career in solar energy, where every precious minute at work could be part of the solution to the climate crisis. Wei-Tai also pivoted all his non-profit work to climate advocacy, eventually getting trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader in Chicago in 2013.
Since then, he has given more than 100 climate education presentations to audiences throughout the Bay Area and inspired countless individuals to get involved in mobilizing for climate action through chapter events, rallies and local policy action advocacy. He has supported Climate Reality trainees as a mentor in Miami, Shenzhen, Manila, Los Angeles and even last year by Zoom. Recently he wondered how hard it would be to decarbonize his home, learned it’s not as difficult as it seems, replaced all gas appliances with high-efficiency all-electric, and then discovered his zero-emission home featured on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle!
Partner Organization: Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), founded in 1978, one of the preeminent environmental justice organizations in the nation. 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. CBE provides residents in heavily polluted urban communities in California with organizing skills, leadership training and legal, scientific and technical assistance, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being.
With this award, we are honoring one of our closest allies in our Clean Air Work. CBE’s Richmond Organizer, Andres Soto, who is accepting this award on behalf of CBE, has built and supported many other organizations and environmental justice efforts in the East Bay. Since his start with CBE, Andres has been instrumental in helping to start and participate in the Richmond Our Power Coalition, the Sunflower Alliance, BAAQMD Network, Protect the Bay Coalition, the Refinery Action Coalition, and Benicians for a Safe and Healthy Community. Andres has also served on the Richmond AB 617 Community Emissions Reduction Program Design Team.
Governmental policy maker: Eduardo Martinez, City Council Member, City of Richmond is a tireless leader in the campaigns to stop coal exports from Richmond, to hold Chevron and other corporations accountable for their pollution, and to plan for a just transition and decommissioning of the Chevron and other refineries in the Bay Area. Eduardo is also a leader of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Task Force.
Youth Climate Activist: Isha Clarke is one of the founding members of Youth vs. Apocalypse, a frontline youth-led climate justice organization based in the Bay Area. Exposed to social justice issues early in life through her family and her community in Oakland, Isha got her start in powerful community action at the age of 14 when she and other founding YVA activists protested the development of a coal terminal in West Oakland.
She rose to national and global prominence in early 2019 when a video of her challenging Senator Dianne Feinstein to support the Green New Deal went viral. That same year, Isha was involved in organizing one of the largest climate strikes in the U.S. with Youth vs. Apocalypse. Isha’s work is focused on building a movement for collective liberation that follows the leadership of frontline communities and works to dismantle the systems of oppression responsible for creating climate and societal breakdown, so that we can live in a world where all can thrive.
This year— during her gap year before starting at Howard University— Isha is working with YVA to support campaigns, build local and national coalitions, train new youth activists, and speak truth to power in (virtual) public space.
Join us to celebrate these wonderful people on April 24h from 5-7pm.
Register here with Brown Paper Tickets: https://earth-week-honorary-event.brownpapertickets.com