July 7, 2014
During the first workshop, members identified climate change impacts in our communities like extreme fluctuations in temperature and food shortages that raise the cost of groceries. We explored the root causes of this crisis and its connection to environmental injustice, like how people of color and folks with low-incomes are the first to experience the negative effects of climate change. Drawing on connections between climate and environmental justice, we collectively came up with a working definition of climate justice.
The second workshop focused on local and global climate justice movements, with guest speakers sharing what climate justice organizing looks like in their communities. Joaquin Brito and Brian Gonzalez from UPROSE in Brooklyn, NY, video conferenced with us, and Ninya Loeppky from Boston Climate Action Network, joined us in person. Together, members discussed how we can work for climate justice at home by building up our own networks and local food sources to develop alternative and sustainable economies.