CHEJ Training Call: Indigenous Organizing

June 18 , 12:00 pm 1:00 pm EDT

Indigenous peoples have been pivotal in the environmental justice movement, leveraging their deep-rooted connection to the land and traditional ecological knowledge to spearhead powerful campaigns against environmental degradation. Recently, indigenous groups have led significant actions against pipelines (such as the Dakota Access Pipeline and Line 3), mobilized global support, and drawn attention to the threats these projects pose to sacred lands and water sources. They have also been at the forefront of efforts to combat water contamination in communities like Flint, Michigan, and across various reservations where water quality is a critical concern.

Indigenous organizing is characterized by its holistic approach, integrating cultural, spiritual, and communal elements, which not only fosters strong internal solidarity but also resonates widely, creating broad coalitions of support. Their methods emphasize collective action, community-led solutions, and the integration of traditional practices with modern advocacy, offering a resilient and inclusive model that can inspire and strengthen the broader environmental justice movement.

In this call, we have invited renowned organizer, Judith LeBlanc, director of the Native Organizers Alliance (NOA) to share her insights, victories, and advice as an indigenous organizer.

February 27 , 10:30 am 4:00 pm EST

Please join the New York is Not Disposable Coalition and Beyond Plastics to meet with your state representatives in Albany and urge them to pass a strong Packaging Reduction and Recycling Infrastructure Act (S4246-a/A5322-a) and the Bigger Better Bottle Bill (S237/A6353).

We will meet at the Westminster Presbyterian Church at 85 Chestnut Street, Albany, 12210 at 10:30 am to hand out materials, orient you, provide a briefing, and get into groups before walking across the street to the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol Building.

Appointments with your legislators will take place between 12:00 and 4:00pm.

Rally on the Million Dollar Staircase (inside the Capitol Building) at 3pm.

February 12, 2023 , 12:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

We can achieve a world without plastic pollution but we need to build a bigger, more powerful grassroots movement to do it.

How can you help? That’s easy! Just register for the upcoming Beyond Plastics Trainings for Local Groups and Affiliates to learn practical and powerful ways to end plastic pollution and engage your larger community.

This online training is divided into two sessions that are each two hours long. You must complete both sessions, but you can attend them in any order you wish, and they are each offered twice to ensure you can find a time that works with your schedule.

We will cover the following: 

  • Plastics 101 – Your background and guide to the plastics crisis, how it evolved, and what changes are necessary to solve it (spoiler alert: those changes are regulatory!);

  • Ready, set, action! – How ordinary people can make legislative change. Figure out who your elected representatives are, what powers they hold, and how to meet with them;

  • Essential media skills, such as how to hold a press conference, draft a strong news release, and write a letter to the editor that will get published;

  • Grassroots organizing skills, including organizing constituent meetings and call-in days;

  • Community education, such as how to host a virtual panel event; and

  • Many more skills and strategies you can use to make any campaign more effective. 

Are you in?

Please choose the two dates below that work best for you and click below now to register via Zoom, then add the log-in information Zoom provides to your calendar.

Atencion hispanohablantes

Si necesita una traducción al español, envíe un correo electrónico a Megan a meganwolff2@bennington.edu.

Session 2: The ABC’s of Activism

Please choose whichever one of the two dates below works best with your schedule and register now via Zoom. PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW.

Each session uses a different link. Once you’ve registered via Zoom, don’t forget to add the two trainings to your calendar.

Please note: These trainings are geared toward people in the United States, where Beyond Plastics has deep experience with policy change. People from other countries are welcome to take part, but we most likely will not be able to support you in seeking regulatory change in your own country. We also regret that we cannot offer translation in languages other than Spanish at this time.

February 11, 2023 , 12:00 pm 2:00 pm EDT

We can achieve a world without plastic pollution but we need to build a bigger, more powerful grassroots movement to do it.

How can you help? That’s easy! Just register for the upcoming Beyond Plastics Trainings for Local Groups and Affiliates to learn practical and powerful ways to end plastic pollution and engage your larger community.

This online training is divided into two sessions that are each two hours long. You must complete both sessions, but you can attend them in any order you wish, and they are each offered twice to ensure you can find a time that works with your schedule.

We will cover the following: 

  • Plastics 101 – Your background and guide to the plastics crisis, how it evolved, and what changes are necessary to solve it (spoiler alert: those changes are regulatory!);

  • Ready, set, action! – How ordinary people can make legislative change. Figure out who your elected representatives are, what powers they hold, and how to meet with them;

  • Essential media skills, such as how to hold a press conference, draft a strong news release, and write a letter to the editor that will get published;

  • Grassroots organizing skills, including organizing constituent meetings and call-in days;

  • Community education, such as how to host a virtual panel event; and

  • Many more skills and strategies you can use to make any campaign more effective. 

Are you in?

Please choose the two dates below that work best for you and click below now to register via Zoom, then add the log-in information Zoom provides to your calendar.

Atencion hispanohablantes

Si necesita una traducción al español, envíe un correo electrónico a Megan a meganwolff2@bennington.edu.

Session 1: Laying the Foundation

Please choose whichever one of the two dates below works best with your schedule and register now via Zoom. PLEASE CHOOSE ONLY ONE OF THE OPTIONS BELOW.

Please note: These trainings are geared toward people in the United States, where Beyond Plastics has deep experience with policy change. People from other countries are welcome to take part, but we most likely will not be able to support you in seeking regulatory change in your own country. We also regret that we cannot offer translation in languages other than Spanish at this time.

For 14 years, artist Ben Von Wong has transformed plastic pollution into inspiring works of art, raising awareness about the burgeoning global plastics crisis and climate change with unmatched style. 

Now our Plastic Pollution Coalition youth activists are joining Ben Von Wong and turning their attention towards the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), where government and industry leaders will discuss measures to accelerate action on climate change.

Plastic is pollution by design which contributes to climate change at every stage of its life cycle. From the extraction of raw petroleum or natural gas materials to eventual disposal, the toxic impacts of plastic cannot be ignored. Clean-up efforts and false solutions like recycling are not enough. The message from Ben Von Wong and the Plastic Pollution Coalition Youth Ambassadors is clear:  To tackle climate change, world leaders must also address plastic pollution at the source and TURN OFF THE PLASTIC TAP!

The world’s youth may only be 18% of the population today, but they are 100% of the future. That is why the Plastic Pollution Coalition Youth Ambassadors have created a list of 10 CALLS TO ACTION for world leaders attending COP26 to end single-use plastic pollution, as well as a list of other goals pertaining to environmental health and justice. They are asking that world leaders:

1. ELIMINATE NON-ESSENTIAL SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

2. INVEST IN A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

3. FOCUS ON ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

4. ALLOCATE RESOURCES FOR CLIMATE ACTION

5. ADDRESS HUMAN EXPOSURE TO TOXIC CHEMICALS

6. EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ON THE IMPACTS OF PLASTIC – FROM PRODUCTION TO DISPOSAL

7. ADDRESS THE POLLUTION OF WATER SOURCES BY FOSSIL FUEL AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES

8. ADDRESS THE POLLUTION OF AIR BY FOSSIL FUEL AND PETROCHEMICAL COMPANIES

9. PROVIDE EQUITABLE, DEMOCRATIC RECOURSE FOR COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED
BY PLASTIC POLLUTION

10. TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END THE CLIMATE CRISIS


TAKE ACTION TO TURN OFF THE PLASTIC TAP

The Independent
May 19, 2021