On November 3th and 4th, 2017, in America’s second largest city, we are sponsoring an educational and communications convening of dozens of social movement, faith, academic, and sustainability leaders to brainstorm on a vision for justice-based, wartime-level climate mobilization.
The result will be a bold vision statement: a roadmap to a just, carbon-neutral Los Angeles in 2025.
Can a city the size of L.A. really become carbon-neutral in just 8 years? During WW II, the city came together in a monumental effort, transforming its manufacturing and other sectors to serve a common cause. Today, with Los Angeles hosting the 2028 Olympic Games, billions of dollars of investment will pour into a city that is on the front lines of climate change, racial injustice, and economic inequality. It is truly a chance to transform L.A., and with a wartime-level commitment to climate justice, anything is possible.
A technical implementation plan has already been drafted: what is missing is the community’s voice and vision for justice, and that is what Mobilize LA will supply.
In a recent blog post, Pando Populus chair John Cobb wrote:
Pando Populus recently accepted and strengthened the idea of using the upcoming Los Angeles Olympics as an occasion to set high but not impossible goals for LA. With sincere backing from institutions and individuals I believe these goals could move LA a long way in the direction of becoming a model for an ecological civilization.
On June 21, 2017, City Councilmember Paul Koretz of the 5th District held a press conference at Los Angeles City Hall with a number of community leaders and award-winning author Naomi Klein. Together, they announced the launch of a wartime-level climate mobilization for America’s second-largest city.
They spoke about needing a World War II-scale mobilization to keep the city safe and the planet habitable. And they talked about ensuring that this mobilization rolls out in a way that honors frontline communities, ensures equity, and protects workers. But while the involvement of influential political and cultural figures is welcome, it is hardly sufficient. To make sure that this process truly embodies the values of climate justice, it must be led by the community.
Our convening in early November solicits the kind of community input needed to ground such a bold vision, and lays a foundation for education and communications efforts downstream.
The MOBILIZE LA event is made possible by LUSH Cosmetics and a large number of organizations and volunteers throughout LA County and beyond.
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