Map Your Future with Ma’at Youth Academy

Communities for Resilience
We're excited to announce that Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) recently tested our Map Your Future curriculum with the outstanding Ma'at Youth Academy (ages 16-21).  The curriculum was very well received by the youth, who were eager to bring their lived experience, knowledge, passion and innovative ideas to the table. Our vision for the Map Your Future project is to make it easy for local planners and community organizations, especially youth groups, to work together to map out community resilience assets. READ MORE>> Our test curriculum with Ma'at began with introducing the concepts of "Climate Impacts" and "Vulnerable Communities" and had youth map out relevant examples in Richmond. We then shifted to concepts of "Climate Resilience," "Climate Action" and "Assets," which had them identify some of the solutions to address climate impacts and vulnerabilities.  Each of the youth performed a skit on the climate solution…
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Reflections from Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize)

Communities for Resilience
August 15, 2013 What an amazing day with the youth at Ma'at Academy. We sought out to test our Map Your Future curriculum, and needless to say we were blown away by the consciousness, knowledge, passion and innovative ideas that these youth (ages 16-21) brought to the table. Over the course of several weeks this summer, these youth learned about the history of Richmond, CA, wetland ecosystems, watershed, land use planning, changes in global average surface temperature, food justice, environmental justice and climate justice. Walking into the room I found myself not only inspired by what they knew, but the urgency in their presence to want to do something about it to improve their communities. For most of these youth, there was no question that climate change is real. They along…
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Resilient Responses to the Injustice of the Trayvon Martin Case & Verdict

Communities for Resilience, News, Newsletter
Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) Reflections on What This Teaches us About Community Resilience Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) stands in solidarity with the family of Trayvon Martin not only for the loss of their son, but in light of the racial and systemic injustice that perpetuated it. Racial justice work is community resilience work because part of building equitable and resilient communities is creating accessibility for everyone. You cannot have a resilient community if this does not exist. Everyone should have the right to fully participate in their community, feel safe doing so and not feel targeted. This means the ability to walk the streets, ride public transportation and take advantage of the climate resilience we advocate for without fear, and without being criminalized.  The tragedies of…
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Bay Localize Toolkit Used in San Francisco State University’s Community Action Guide

Communities for Resilience, News
In 2012, Bay Localize (now Rooted in Resilience) shared our Community Resilience Toolkit with San Francisco State University's Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) to guide development of portions of their community guide. The final report, called the Community Action Guide, features references from Bay Localize and Program Director Kirsten Schwind. Sharing our Toolkit is just one way Bay Localize is helping Bay Area neighborhoods organize to build capacity and resiliency. Read the report here - Community Action Guide May 2013 Download the Toolkit here - Community Resilience Toolkit 2.0
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Link Divestment to Community Choice?

Local Clean Energy, News
The last several months has witnessed an intensified opposition in the Bay Area to fossil fuel expansion: from the growing fight against Obama’s Keystone Pipeline, to the building of a statewide campaign to ban oil fracking in California, to the divestment of Big Oil stocks by public institutions in the Bay Area. These fights against the fossil fool industry has highlighted the alternative, specifically the development of local clean energy resources.  And since the alternative to fossil fuel-based electricity requires massive investment in new infrastructure, what better way to finance this investment than through the divestment of fossil fuel holdings? For example, a robust Community Choice program in San Francisco to build local renewable energy assets calls for about $1 billion of financing over the next ten years. The divestment…
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Guess Who’s Behind “Stop San Francisco Shell Shock”

Local Clean Energy, News
A new web campaign is asking San Franciscans to petition the Board of Supervisors to reverse its September 2012 vote to move forward with CleanPowerSF, San Francisco’s Community Choice energy program. The deceptive campaign focuses on a relatively small contract with a Shell Oil subsidiary as if it were the entire CleanPowerSF program. The Shell contract, which is problematic, only represents an initial 30 megawatts of San Francisco’s 800 megawatt electricity load. The heart of the CleanPowerSF program is actually the development of local renewable energy resources, which will provide greenhouse gas reductions, economic development, clean energy jobs, and, ultimately, lower electricity bills (than PG&E’s) to San Francisco. So who do you suppose is behind this campaign? PG&E, no doubt, has its hands in it, but the campaign is being fronted by…
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Local Clean Energy Alliance to Brown: Stop New Fossil-Fuel Power Plants

Local Clean Energy, News
 The Local Clean Energy Alliance and twenty-six other organizations throughout California have signed on to a letter urging Governor Brown to oppose approval of the Oakley gas-fired power plant in Contra Costa County by the California Public Utilities Commission, and stop the pending approval of other fossil fuel-based power plants in southern California. These projects frustrate attempts to curb greenhouse gas production in California and undercut California’s ambitious renewable energy goals; goals that have been championed by Governor Brown. If operated around the clock, the 600 megawatt Oakley plant would emit about 5 million metric tons of greenhouse gases per year, the same amount represented by the energy consumed in all Alameda County's buildings. In other words, the Oakley plant would negate all efforts to curb GHG emissions from energy use in buildings…
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Bay Localize Leads Regional Effort for Climate Adaptation Planning

Communities for Resilience
The Bay Area's Joint Policy Commission requested Rooted in Resilience (formerly Bay Localize) prepare a regional work plan for community outreach and social equity in Bay Area climate adaptation planning. The recommendations are based on extensive consultation with regional grassroots social justice and other community leaders through a survey and a workshop. The in-depth online survey in both English and Spanish was voluntarily distributed by fifty-five Bay Area community and social service organizations throughout the nine counties, with responses by more than 400 residents. We then hosted a workshop with thirty regional social justice, public health, and community engagement experts to shape the proposals. View the report results here>> Survey and Workshop Findings The climate impact about which the greatest number of survey respondents expressed concern was the rising price of food and…
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Community Holiday Exchange

Communities for Resilience
This holiday season Bay Localize is offering a Community Holiday Exchange! Select a fun and meaningful gift for your special loved one, or donate a good or service to promote your local business. All proceeds benefit Bay Localize's intern stipends, so you're helping a young environmental leader build community resilience right in the Bay Area!This year treat your sweetie to a B&B weekend, rock climbing, or kayaking! Check out these great gifts, and come back frequently to see what else has been donated. Here's a sneak peek >>To donate an item, specialty, or service, please fill out the form below to get started. It's a great way to promote your local business.If you have any questions please contact corrine@baylocalize.orgAll gift donations are 100% tax-deductible.
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