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California and the US are increasingly beset by climate-fueled disasters like wildfires, extreme heat, and power blackouts. These events put additional stress on frayed hard and social infrastructure systems, and disproportionately impact working-class communities of color. To adapt to these changes, society must update our notion of disaster response to increase resilience in these systems before disasters strike. This report offers two models for this response: 1) building and normalizing resilience hubs where community members gather and organize both in good times and bad, and 2) increasing in-home resilience by recognizing homecare workers as effective agents for assisting vulnerable populations and bridging authorities and the frontlines. The report goes on to recommend specific ways to set up resilience hubs, train care workers, and develop forward-thinking emergency response plans to avert human disasters after natural disasters.
This report looks at the intersection of pollution from refining and burning fossil fuels, repiratory diseases caused or exacerbated by this pollution, the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and race and racial inequality in the United States. It makes the case that the CARES Act constitutes a bailout of the dirty energy sector that spent more to prop-up the fossil fuel industry than it did on health care supplies and investments, even as this industry contributes to the adverse health outcomes from the COVID-19 pandemic in communities of color. The report's key findings also link large financial sector players like big banks, asset management companies, private equity and insurance companies to the chain of carbon and chemical emissions that have disproprotionately negative impacts on communities of color and low-income communities.
This report examines shifts in climate opinion across demographic groups, based on responses to surveys in 2016, 2017, and 2019. Key findings include:
- The electorate increasingly and indiscriminately sees climate change as an important issue, with consensus growing consistently across demographic groups.
- Black and Asian American respondents both overwhelmingly viewed climate change as important at significantly higher levels than in 2016.
- One of the most prominent shifts in opinion on climate change occurred among Independent voters, with a margin widening from 11 to 25 percentage points.
- Generally, opinions on climate change were similar and increased at a similar pace across demographic groups separated by education level.
In November 2018, residents of Portland, Oregon, made history by passing The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF), a breakthrough initiative that will raise an estimated $44-$61 million annually to support local clean energy and economic justice initiatives. The fund passed with 65 percent of the vote and support from a long list of local businesses and community organizations, including faith leaders, labor unions, and more. This Executive Summary captures toplines on what the campaign learned about what it takes to win.
This survey of ~1600 registered Asian American voters found high support for strong climate legislation, across ethnic sub-groups including Asian Indian (87% agree - 65% "strongly" and 22% "somewhat"); Vietnamese (71% agree - 59% "strongly" and 12% "somewhat"); and Korean (79% agree - 52% "strongly" and 27% "somewhat").
The We Make the Future Messaging Guide is for campaigners, researchers, and all people who want to persuade others to take action to confront the challenges of a changing climate. The guide is based on rigorous research into perception and persuasion, and provide specific recommendations to engage base constituencies and persuade the middle (or people who haven't spent a lot of time thinking about specific solutions). The core of this work is the Race Class Narrative, an approach that weaves together economic empowerment, racial justice, climate justice, and gender equity, using language proven to work to mobilize and persuade people to take action.
This is a how-to guide. It provides guidance on:
- What to say and, crucially, what not to say
- How to weave together the rights words and the right narrative
- How to link related issues such as racial justice and climate justice within all your communications and calls-to-action
- Specific ways to use these messages on email, social media, and via text message
And The People Shall Lead: Centralizing Frontline Community Leadership in the Movement Towards a Sustainable Planet
Summarizes lessons learned and challenges to collaboration between traditional large environmental organizations and frontline or people of color led organizations. Draws on the conversation at the “Engaging Non-Traditional Groups in Coal Plant Retirement” session at the National Coal Plant Retirement Conference in Denver and co-facilitated by the Little Village Environmental Organization, American Lung Association, Sierra Club, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Polling and focus group research examined environmental views and attitudes of among Asian Americans in California.
Key findings included:
Self-defined environmentalists: California’s Asian American voters care about protecting our air, land, and water, and are even more inclined to call themselves “environmentalists” than other voters statewide.
Support for government leadership: Asian Americans believe strongly that government should take an active role in protecting our air, land, and water, and these voters support environmental regulations and laws to protect natural resources.
Willing to Pay: Asian American voters support policies to protect our air, land, and water—even when it comes with a price tag in the form of higher revenue or fees.
Language Matters: Asian American voters responded differently to wording, both in English and in Asian languages. For example, the term “environment” ranked lower on the issue priorities list than “protecting our air, land and water.” As an environmental issue of importance, “global warming” resonated strongly with Asian American voters and ranked much higher than “climate change.”