We, the Jewish Youth Climate Movement, are deeply unsettled by the systems in our country which allow disproportionate harm to be inflicted upon Black communities and we would like to voice our unequivocal support for those who have fought and are currently fighting for justice and reform. At this time, we believe that it is important to take a break from our work, and use our platform to uplift black lead organizations.
In their own words: “We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.”
In more depth: 350 aims to do this through a quick and thoughtful transition to 100% renewable energy, abolishing fossil fuel projects, and cutting off funding to companies using dirty energy.
Why you should support: 350 focuses on organizing communities to lead the charge in energy redistribution. Since communities often have specific needs, this approach is responsible and equitable.
Climate Justice Alliance-- (@cjaourpower)
In their own words: “We believe that the process of transition must place race, gender and class at the center of the solutions equation in order to make it a truly Just Transition.”
In more depth: Climate Justice Alliance works to organize the communities most affected by climate change, build new economies “...rooted in place-based webs of social and ecological relationships”, make sure funds are going to just organizations doing what they claim to do, and lobby government officials to end climate injustice.
Why you should support: Climate Justice Alliance makes a point of emphasizing that climate change does not affect everyone equally and empowers those it does affect disproportionately to make changes. It also makes sure that other climate organizations are ethical.
Hip Hop Caucus -- (@hiphopcaucus)
In their own words: “Energy and inspiration to find your place in the climate justice movement.”
In more depth: Think uses films, podcasts, and music to reach out to youth and inspire them to take action against climate change.
Why you should support: Hip Hop Caucus applies multimedia to get its message across and appeal to younger folks. This unorthodox approach makes it more accessible, something that is needed in the climate movement.
In their own words: “CREEJ (formerly ACRE) is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable initiatives to strengthen the infrastructure of families in rural and impoverished communities.”
In more depth: CREEJ works to fight poverty in rural areas and provide equitable access to water for all communities.
Why you should support: CREEJ focuses on rural communities, including farms, which are areas often overlooked. It also helps farms make the transition from dirty to clean energy.
Note: CREEJ could not be found on instagram. They can be found on Facebook at Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise.
In their own words: “Off Grid In Color is an agro-based sanctuary for health and wellness. Our mission is to encourage others to take steps towards greater self sufficiency through farm raised goods, doula services, and community outreach/education.”
In more detail: Off the Grid in Color aims to create sustainable alternatives to the industry. Off the Grid in Color encourages Black farmers to band together to be more sustainable, as well as to provide services in sustainability to the Black community.
Why you should support: Communities/communes are often spaces created by white people, for white people. However, Off the Grid In Color creates a space for African American and of color folks, as well as showing them that they have a place in the environmental movement.
Outdoor Afro-- (@outdooraffo)
In their words: “Outdoor Afro has become the nation’s leading, cutting edge network that celebrates and inspires Black connections and leadership in nature. We help people take better care of themselves, our communities, and our planet!”
In more detail: Founder Rue Mapp saw a lack of representation in Black people hiking and doing other outdoor activities. She founded Outdoor Afro to change that. With chapters in 30 states, Outdoor Afro forms hiking clubs that encourage the communities of color in their areas to get outside.
Why you should support: Hiking is a peaceful way to get exercise and a great opportunity to be social with friends. It should be seen as for everyone, and Outdoor Afro is making that happen.
WE ACT for Environmental Justice-- (@weact4ej)
In their words: “In 1988, community activists joined forces with environmental litigators to fight for landmark changes in Northern Manhattan’s air quality. Nearly 30 years later, we have not stopped fighting for justice.”
In more detail: We Act aims to create spaces in communities for people to get informed and participate fully in decision making. It also looks to create environmental protections and make the environment more healthy through community based research and science backed methods.
Why you should support: We Act focuses heavily on making sure there is space for POC in the environmental movement, as they are disproportionately affected by climate change. Its aim to provide evidence to the argument for reform creates a useful tool for anyone fighting to change the world for the better.