“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu,” goes the expression popular among social justice advocates. Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) is bringing together a dozen Bay Area community organizations to establish our place at the table of climate resilience planning. The Resilient Communities Initiative brings a united voice of community leadership to shape local and regional government efforts.
Climate change impacts exacerbate existing social inequalities, especially across race and class. Only people from low-income communities and communities of color can truly understand what it’s like to live with these inequalities, and must be the leaders of the movement to address them. To develop equitable resilience, we need organizations rooted in these communities shaping climate adaptation policies and public spending priorities.
Building off the community outreach Bay Localize conducted for the Mapping Our Future report on building social equity into climate adaptation planning commissioned by the Joint Policy Committee and the Kresge Foundation, Bay Localize has convened a dozen prominent social justice organizations from across the Bay Area to develop the Resilient Communities Initiative. Our joint concept paper outlines a three-year strategy to 1) track regional, state, and federal spending in resilience and advocate for equitable allocation of public funds, 2) establish community leadership in local and regional resilience policy making, and 3) maintain a united network of community groups working together on this issue across the Bay Area, and implementing neighborhood resilience projects.
Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) would like to thank the following organizations for their leadership in developing the Resilient Communities Initiative with us:
- Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)
- Rooted in Resilience
- Breakthrough Communities
- Communities for a Better Environment (CBE)
- Enviromental Justice Coalition for Water (EJCW)
- Green Action for Health and Environmental Justice
- Marin Grassroots
- Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project
- Pacific Institute
- People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)
- West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project (WOEIP)
- Youth United for Community Action (YUCA)