Just Transition in 2023: A Year in Review
We facilitated alignment between waste workers and EJ groups on issues of plastics pollution and waste, including Filipino waste workers in the Mother Earth Foundation, as well as diverse members of the International Alliance of Waste Pickers, the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives and Break Free From Plastics at the UN Plastics Treaty talks in Paris and Nairobi.
We launched our just transition organizer training program “Tools for Transformative Change” with a training of trainers for allied unions and EJ groups, worked with our pilot team to finalize the facilitators’ guide in English and Spanish, and began planning trainings for labor-community coalitions across the US to advance local campaigns for a people’s economy, fight corporate climate schemes, and engage opportunities like the Green New Deal and Justice40.
We continued to lead the fight against false solutions with other members of the Hoodwinked Collaborative, organizing livestream webinars such as “Celebrating Youth Climate Organizers” and “Mothering Through Climate Crisis,” sharing popular education tools on “Nature-based Solutions,” and working with allies to issue a statement denouncing carbon trading and offsets.
We rallied with community members and farmworkers to support the Campaign for Healthier Solutions’ action against the 99 Cents Only chain, and forced the company to enter ongoing dialogue with the campaign regarding the development of a corporate chemical policy.
We supported partners like Familias Unidas por la Justicia, Comunidades Aliadas Tomando Acción and the Indigenous Caucus of the Western Mining Action Network to access funding opportunities for their community-based work.
We participated in numerous movement gatherings, leading crucial strategy conversations with formations that we helped to initiate years ago, such as Climate Justice Alliance and Building Equity and Alignment for Environmental Justice, and further strengthening relationships with national and international networks like Labor Network for Sustainability, Global Grassroots Justice Alliance, La Via Campesina, and Movimiento de Afectados por Represas.