We come to climate work because we believe in justice, and we join progressive groups to support the uprising that is demanding that racist systems be dismantled, starting with an immediate end to racist policing policies and cultures that result in disproportionate death and incarceration.
So what can we do? We can join the protests; we can donate to relevant organizations supporting long term change and short term emergencies (as we detailed here, in last week’s newsletter about Black Lives Matter). We must dig deep to understand how our systems perpetuate and even depend upon racism. We must also internalize the links between climate change and social injustice, and keep justice issues at the center of our work.
Here are some resources to help us move to understanding, and from understanding to action:
- 350.org is asking us to pledge action In Defense of Black Lives. Read about it here and prepare to be challenged.
- KQED published an extraordinary article about many concrete ways we can take action now. It’s a thorough, thoughtful and thought provoking list.
- Other resources gathered by CREDO mobile and passed to us by a supporter
- Urgent policy solutions to end police violence, from Campaign Zero
- Additional ways to take action in solidarity with Minneapolis, from Indivisible
- Resources about White Supremacy Culture, from Showing up for Racial Justice
- Black People Need Stronger White Allies — Here’s How You Can Be One, from Refinery 29
- What You Can Do to Support the Protests Right Now: A Guide, from TESA Collective
- Learn more about it, including examining privilege:
- Here is a list of resources assembled by D’Lynda Fischer, a city councilor from Petaluma, and passed to us from our 350 Petaluma local group
- Working with kids? Here are some resources from Sunny Galbraith, a 350 Sonoma steering committee member and high school teacher
- 1619 Podcast
- The Plantation and Roots of American Capitalism
- The New Jim Crow (good for this moment: talks about injustices, racism in the US criminal justice system)
- Examining Privilege and Bias
- Trevor Noah on George Floyd, the Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper
For justice and peace,
The 350 Bay Area Team