NAACP Seeds of Resistance and Resilience--Liberation Gardens Project
NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program is endeavoring to launch, as soon as possible, the Seeds of Resistance and Resilience Project, which will provide seeds, soil and gardening supplies vouchers, and instructions and recipes to NAACP communities across the nation. This initiative has multiple aims: 1) increase COVID-19 immunity in the short term: 2) increase food security and sovereignty; 3) increase climate resilience, including mitigating hunger related impacts of climate change; 4) improve health and wellbeing; 5) advance economic justice; 6) support a just transition; and more!
However, though we had the idea to do this, our staff as the Environmental and Climate Justice Program, is already overcommitted with the work at hand.
As such, we need volunteers who can help us write up the concept, research where we can get the seeds that include perennial flowers, easy to grow indoor garden herbs, and vegetables that can grow anywhere and are easy to grow, as well as we need someone who can help solicit donated soil and supplies from companies, identify and orchestrate the demo videos for establishing the gardens as well as demo videos for the recipes, as well as organize town hall meetings and webinars, and also raise and administer mini-grants for areas willing to do community gardens, to get a master gardener who will plant the garden in various localities.
In sum, we have this awesome big idea, but we need the hands to help to build the pathway to implementation!!
About NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
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The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.
The Environmental and Climate Justice Program was birthed out of the recognition that communities of color and low income community sit at the nexus between being directly impacted by pollution from the very facilities that drive climate change and also being hit first and worst from the results of climate change. Therefore, the program strategy is two-pronged: Reducing harmful emissions through increased regulations and shutting down the most polluting facilities, coal fired power plants, while also working to advanced alternatives through energy efficiency and clean energy measures and; strengthening community resilience by building local economies and increasing local self-reliance. Community/unit level work has encompassed comprehensive visioning, planning, and reform which has resulted in whole community designs being implemented in Gulfport, MS and Prichard, AL including: green schools, waste diversion/recycling, community owned energy, local food movements, transformational resilience, and clean air resolutions/ordinances.