Grassroots community organizing is and always has been at the heart of the environmental justice movement. In recent years, this organizing has led to state-level legislative successes across the nation, including expanding community engagement, developing equitable climate funding requirements, and establishing environmental justice task forces — yet there is still more work to be done. Closing the gap between grassroots organizers and the rest of the climate action community is an essential step in securing a truly just and equitable future for our planet.
July’s Deep Dive webinar will focus on the environmental and climate organizations that are doing this hard work, highlighting their on-the-ground efforts to empower communities and emphasizing how other state actors can support this action. What can we learn from decades of grassroots environmental justice organizing? In what ways can we collaborate with frontline communities to develop long-term resilience to the climate crisis? How can we ground our work for state-level climate justice in true equity and community care?
Joining us to answer these questions and more are speakers from across the country with years of experience in organizing for environmental justice. Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director at Pacoima Beautiful, will share her experiences fighting for a cleaner and safer environment in California’s Northeast San Fernando Valley. Kate McIntosh, Program Coordinator at Louisiana Bucket Brigade, will discuss her work collaborating with frontline communities to push back petrochemical pollution.
- Veronica Padilla-Campos, Executive Director at Pacoima Beautiful
- Kate McIntosh, Program Coordinator at Louisiana Bucket Brigade