Black Climate Week runs from Monday February 21 to Friday February 25
OAKLAND, CA., February 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of Black History Month, The Solution Project launched the second annual Dark Climate Weekwho crosses today Friday February 25. Each year the campaign focuses on a different theme related to black leadership in the climate movement. This year, the campaign celebrates the work of 14 organizations that are at the forefront of climate justice solutions rooted in black history.
“I’m proud to see Black Climate Week shine a light on the leaders and organizations that continue to create black history and reimagine black futures every day by delivering innovative solutions rooted in learning and intergenerational wisdom,” said Gloria Walton, President and CEO of The Solutions Project. “Black communities have always had a deep connection to the land and are stewards of the planet. We are often the most affected by the climate crisis, but that also means we are at the forefront of intersectional climate justice solutions that improve environmental conditions, create good green jobs and address systemic change at all levels.”
Among the winners of this year’s Black Climate Week:
The descendants project works to secure land reparations for the descendants of the enslaved men, women and children who were forced to work on one or more of the hundreds of plantations that have lined the Mississippi River since New Orleans in Baton Rouge. Directed by banner of joyThe Descendants Project focuses on environmental justice through land stewardship that includes tackling polluting industries in the region of Louisiana known as “Cancer Alley”.
blacks in greenled by Founder and CEO Naomi Davis, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization born to reinvent the bygone “communeconomy” of its infancy by harnessing the new green economy. She sees the era of the climate crisis as the ideal environment to address racial disparities, including investing in neighborhoods where Black families walk to work, shop, learn and play; neighborhood dollars circulate to fertilize personal interests; greenhouse gases are reduced; and residents’ household income is measurably increased. This embodies the Black Green Theory of Change: only a global solution can transform the global problem common to Black communities around the world. BIG’s 8 Green Village Building Principles, Grannynomics’ 12 Propositions and the Sustainable Square Mile Handbook provide the blueprint for this solution. In their pilot community of West Woodlawn, Chicago, BIG! builds savings in energy, horticulture, housing, waste and tourism.
As part of its Sustainable Square Mile initiative, BIG bought the home of Emmett and Grandma Till-Mobley and plans to open it as a museum that tells the family’s story through the lens of the great American migration story. Naomi is the proud granddaughter of sharecroppers from Mississippi. His mother was one of six million black Americans who moved from the rural South to cities in the Northeast, Midwest and West during the Great Migration of the 1910s to 1970s. The Emmett & Mamie Till- Mobley House Museum, Garden & Theater is envisioned as an international heritage sanctuary, a legacy memorial to the tragedy and triumph of the Great Migration, and a prototype of the intersection of environmental justice, economic sustainability and the way of life. conservation life. Naomi co-founded the Coalition of Black House Museums and recently organized a Black History Month press conference emphasizing the importance of protecting Black house museums as “living artifacts” where influential black people are celebrated. Naomi said: “Black History Month isn’t just about looking back. It’s also about reinventing today the community infrastructure once typical of black America when we birthed the path underground railway, the great migration and the civil rights movement.”
cowardiceit’s Executive Director Shimekia Nichols leads the energy justice movement in Highland Park, MIa once-thriving small town surrounded on all sides by Detroit that has endured decades of divestment despite its history of innovation. The Model T was first assembled in Highland Parkbut Ford scaled back production beginning in the 1950s and closed its plant completely in the 1970s. Then, in the 1990s, Chrysler moved its headquarters out of Highland Park. Shimekia and his team are pushing for policies and embracing technologies designed to transition the city to 100% community-owned clean energy, starting with the installation of solar-powered street lights and Wi-Fi to replace streetlights. that utility DTE Energy took over in 2011.
The Rootsprings Fields is a wellness and retreat center owned by three lesbian couples of color after the land was transferred to them by the Franciscan Sisters of small fall. The center, which sits on 36 rural acres Minnesota, serves as a place of rest and rejuvenation for Black, Indigenous, Color and LGBTQ activists, writers and artists committed to climate issues and social justice. Rootsprings was imagined after the global racial uprisings that began in Minneapolis. Its programs focus on healing the traumatic relationship that black people have had with rural American spaces over generations and cultivating black imagination to create the future.
Last year, The Solutions Project launched Black Climate Week in part to draw attention to the underrepresentation of climate justice leaders of color at Climate Week NYC. In response, Climate Week NYC invited The Solutions Project to become its environmental justice partner in 2021. The Solutions Project participated in the opening ceremony and organized events, including New York leads climate policy and Technology Solutions for Climate Justice – Stories from the Front Lines.
“Throughout American history, black people have shown extraordinary resilience and love for our communities. When we experience injustice, we support each other and develop groundbreaking solutions. “, said Shimekia Nicholswho spoke at The Solutions Project’s Technology solutions for climate justice event at Climate Week NYC last year. “Our work on climate and the environment is a shining example of this. Highland Park, our local utility DTE Energy removed our streetlights and left us in the dark. In response, we are installing new solar-powered street lights, which are better for the environment, and we can own and control them.”
Black Climate Week reflects The Solutions Project’s mission to support and elevate the work of people of color in the climate justice movement. This year, each winner is a beneficiary of the Solutions project. Since the launch of its 100% commitment to justice in 2019, The Solutions Project proudly supported 95 local Black-led organizations, giving over $4 million grants and providing in-kind support for strategic communications and social media.
Throughout Black Climate Week, The Solutions Project will be running social media posts on Facebook and Instagram to celebrate this year’s winners. The Hip Hop Caucus will also promote the campaign.
“For decades, black people have led the call for clean air, water and food while living disproportionately with the effects of pollution and environmental hazards in their communities,” said Tower. Lennox Yearwood, Jr., President and CEO of the Hip Hop Caucus. “Without a doubt, climate justice is racial justice. Black Climate Week is an opportunity to center Black voices and stories in the environmental justice movement and honor their creative approaches to building equitable and healthy communities. .”
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