The outbreak of COVID-19 will leave a changed world for us all. Philanthropy has an opportunity to be a leader in advocacy and policy change to support and protect our most vulnerable communities and the environment. With the post-COVID risk of widened inequities and further environmental degradation, how can our sector leverage shifts in public policy and respond to the current global health, environmental, and economic crises? How can grantmakers support community power-building that leads to greater leadership and civic engagement on environmental and health issues?
In the last decade, environmental movements across the country “have created intentional and strategic leadership development that inspires and prepares grassroots leaders to run for local office—which then creates the conditions for leaders to pursue higher office” at state and national levels (1000 Leaders (And More) Rising, 2019). What is unique about many of these programs, according to the recent report by USC’s Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, is the way in which these leaders are situated within broader coalitions.
Join us for a conversation with four dynamic leaders on what is at stake in 2020, how community-based coalitions and grassroots leaders are poised to respond, and what we can learn from this current crisis to ensure a thriving and equitable future for Californians.
We’ll share success stories and dig deeper to understand underlying themes making these programs work and reflect on what this work looks like in the context of a global pandemic. We’ll also address opportunities to scale and network these initiatives in order to deepen their impact. Given the complexity and diversity of the environmental movement, this session will weave together multiple issues including environmental justice, green infrastructure, access to public lands, water quality, and more.
This session builds upon the last Environmental Funders convenings (Environmental Leadership and Just Transition).
- Friday, August 21, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
- Friday, November 20, 2020, 10:30am – 12:30 pm
Friday, May 15
10:30 AM to 12:00 PM PDT