Learning about Climate Change and [Environmental] Justice is fundamental so we can identify how privilege and bias within systems produces disproportionate harm that ultimately threatens the existence of us all. It is only when we understand the role of privilege and bias in climate change, will we be able to preserve our planet.
-Friendly Vang-Johnson, Community Activist and CSA Manager
Resources on Climate Justice
Below you will find resources we have gathered around the topics of Climate Change and Environmental Justice. If you have a resource you would like us to share on these topics, please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
within Seattle Public Schools
Seattle School Board Action Report:
Resolution 2020/21-18, Transitioning Seattle Public Schools to 100% Clean and Renewable Energy.
Apply to be on the SPS Clean Energy Task Force (Deadline: October 8, 2021)
Education doesn’t only happen in school!
SPS attendance policy allows for participation in one civic engagement activity per semester. Find out more here:
Articles + Books
NPR: How to Talk to Kids about Climate Change
NPR: Resources on Climate Change – things you can do
Preprint of the Lancet article, study of 10,000 youth on Climate Anxiety
All the Feelings Under the Sun - How to Deal with Climate Change by Leslie Davenport
Podcasts, Videos + Resource Lists
Seattle University: Environmental Justice Resources
How to Save a Planet: Black Lives Matter and the Climate
Ian Price: Youth Climate Activist (Thornton Creek Alumni)
Talking about climate in our schools, homes, communities, and workplaces is one of the most important climate actions we can take. This website is for everyone (young people, caregivers, and professionals) who want to learn how to have productive, courageous, and empowering conversations about climate change. Our resources are age-appropriate, emotionally-responsive, and designed to empower people to build emotional and interpersonal capacity for facing the climate era. We use a care and repair approach to center equity and justice, as shared in our Core Values.
Friendly Hmong Farms - Food and Flowers for Community: https://www.friendlyhmongfarms.com/
Friendly Hmong Farms is a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) social enterprise business. Community solidarity is what brought us together to create Friendly Hmong Farms, and is embedded in every aspect of how we grow, sell, and share our food and flowers. When we are in solidarity with one another, land reparations, food sovereignty, and racial justice are possible.
Climate Action Families: https://climateactionfamilies.org/
At Climate Action Families we are taking decisive action on climate change and global equity through educating ourselves and others, building community, making necessary lifestyle changes, and becoming advocates for science and civil rights in our institutions of governance.
EarthCorps builds a global community of young leaders trained in ecological restoration. Each year we bring together passionate and hardworking young adults — who we call corps members — from the United States and across the globe for an environmental leadership development and green-jobs training program where we care for the lands and waters of Puget Sound.
Black Farmers Collective: https://www.blackfarmerscollective.com/yes-farm
The Black Farmers Collective is a group of urban food system activists dedicated to providing opportunities to improve the health of our communities through all aspects of the food system. We are growers, sellers, preparers, educators and eaters. Our vision is based in the need for a place for African American leadership on the land, the Kwanzaa principle of cooperative economics, and the realization that mitigating the climate crisis requires action to support local production, carbon sequestration, and natural habitat creation.
The Duwamish Tribe: Ecotours - https://www.duwamishtribe.org/ecotours
The Duwamish Tribe’s mission for our ecotourism program is to increase knowledge & understanding of the River’s significance to Duwamish history and culture, as well as to recruit and train our members to be active environmental stewards of the Duwamish River. By elevating public awareness and comprehension of the Duwamish Tribe and our cultural and historical ties to the River, we encourage non-tribal Seattle residents to become educated and involved as active stewards in restoration and protection of the Duwamish River.
Fridays For Future: How to Strike - https://fridaysforfuture.org/take-action/how-to-strike/
When a small part of the population is really engaged for change, change occurs. Erica Chenoweth’s research shows that non-violent civil disobedience is the most successful way to bring about change.
Zero Hour: http://thisiszerohour.org/
The mission of Zero Hour is to center the voices of diverse youth in the conversation around climate and environmental justice. Zero Hour is a youth-led movement creating entry points, training, and resources for new young activists and organizers (and adults who support our vision) wanting to take concrete action around climate change. Together, we are a movement of unstoppable youth organizing to protect our rights and access to the natural resources and a clean, safe, and healthy environment that will ensure a livable future where we not just survive, but flourish.
350 Seattle works toward climate justice by organizing people to make deep system change: resisting fossil fuels; building momentum for healthy alternatives; and fostering resilient, just, and welcoming communities.
There Is No Planet B - Intro + Q&A Panel (9/17/2021)
On September 17, 2021, TC PTA hosted a Zoom screening of the 2020 documentary There Is No Planet B (45 min) followed by a Q&A panel discussing Climate Change, Environmental Justice, and how families can engage in this work.
This recording includes the Introduction and the Panel Discussion.
The documentary film - There Is No Planet B - can be streamed here:
If the fee to watch the film is a barrier for you, please contact us (email@example.com)
Our panelists include:
- Ian Price, Youth Activist (Thornton Creek Alumni)
- Ikran Elmi, Youth Activist (NAACP Youth Council)
- Friendly Vang-Johnson, CSA Owner & Activist (Friendly Hmong Farms)
- Dr. Heather Price, Educator & Scientist (North Seattle College)
- Stephen Stanley, Filmmaker (Dos Dingos Productions)
Resources from the panel discussion can be found here: