Pages tagged "climate change"


Want to tackle climate change and fight poverty? Protect job training.

Written by: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All
Crossposted on The Huffington Post.  Read the original post here.

Portland resident Sary Dobhran never thought she would end up on welfare. But when she was four months pregnant, her son's father passed away, leaving her on her own to support a small child in the worst economy since the Great Depression. 

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Building Community Resilience in the Southwest

Written by: Maritza Martinez, Fellowship Program Manager

As we face increasing extreme weather and deep economic challenges, more and more people are beginning to feel a sense of urgency about community resilience strategies. The ability of local communities to survive and thrive through challenging times is important—not only in the face of climate change, but in the face of economic crises and divisive politics.  Unfortunately, people of color have found themselves up against these hardships for many generations.  As a result, Green For All fellows from low-income neighborhoods and communities of color have deep insights to share when it comes to developing and implementing resilience strategies. 

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Weathering the Storm, Together

Written by: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

Crossposted from The Huffington Post.  Read the original post here.

Of all the lessons from Hurricane Sandy, there is one that lingers in my mind. In the face of the disaster, neighborhoods with strong local networks were able to help each other, respond better, and bounce back more quickly. In some cases, people waited in vain for help from federal agencies and national relief groups -- but found food, shelter, and aid from local networks, like the "Occupy Sandy" effort, led by more than 2,000 local volunteers. The communities that fared best were the ones that had built-in resilience long before the storm struck. 

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Fighting Climate Change Through Divestment: What We Can Learn from South Africa

Written by: Julian Mocine-McQueen, Campaign and Partnerships Manager

In a way it’s hard to believe. But in 1988—when scientists were sounding the first warnings about climate change—the nation of South Africa was still legally divided. Black South Africans couldn’t move freely—they had to carry passes, they were relegated to desolate Bantustan reservations, their leaders were murdered by the police like Steve Biko, or locked away like Nelson Mandela. 

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In the Face of Climate Change, Infrastructure Is More Important Than Ever

Written by: Jeremy Hays, Chief Strategist for State and Local Initiatives

Crossposted from The Huffington Post.  Read the original post here.

As Hurricane Sandy struck the Atlantic Coast, destroying homes and wreaking havoc, one city -- Stamford, Conn. -- sat snug and safe behind a 17-foot high barrier that kept massive waves out. The sea gate, built in 1969, prevented an estimated $25 million in damage and loss for the city's 125,000 residents. 

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To end the fiscal showdown, tax carbon

Written by Van Jones and Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins.

Crossposted from CNN.com. Read the original op-ed here.

At his official post-election press conference, President Obama told reporters that he's serious about fighting climate change while creating jobs. "We can shape an agenda that says we can create jobs, advance growth and make a serious dent in climate change and be an international leader," he said, "I think that's something that the American people would support." 

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The Cost of Delay