Climate Justice Alliance launches second season of its podcast with climate leaders
The podcast's goal is to introduce the new voices of the climate justice movement.
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The Climate Justice Alliance, renowned for organizing and uniting frontline communities against climate change, has released the final episodes of its new podcast, STORIES FROM HOME: Moving the Just Transition.
"We’re THRILLED to return with a new season of STORIES FROM HOME: Moving the Just Transition, that grounds us in the history of environmental justice, climate justice organizing and present day Just Transitions,” reads in the production synopsis.
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Tracing the history of environmental and climate justice while offering key solutions, the new season features five episodes.
“Each episode deep dives into different dimensions of the movement — from the importance of community-led solutions to the climate crisis, to what is a false 'solution,' to how we relate to one another in just relationship — with our host Keenan Rhodes, and the climate justice leaders who serve as our guides and teachers,” the description continued.
Listen to CJA's Stories from Home Podcast.— Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) (@CJAOurPower) January 23, 2023
Season 1 "Living the Just Transition" and Season 2 "Moving the Just Transition" are available here: https://t.co/GRYuIVhzw4 #JustTransition #ClimateJustice #EnvironmentalJustice pic.twitter.com/CvxfgaOZbG
- Episode One walks through the formation of the climate justice movement, traveling from Indianapolis to Puerto Rico, North Carolina to Mississippi, California and beyond. It features guides Elizabeth Yeampierre, Kali Akuno, and Inkza Angeles, who talk about the ways they live and embody a relationship with land and with community.
- Episode Two features Bineshi Albert, co-executive director of CJA, discussing last year’s United Nations Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland — and how “net zero” and “carbon capture” are false solutions to climate change that distract us from what really needs to be done. Podcast host Keenan Rhodes then talks to climate experts Basav Sen (Climate Change Policy Director at the Institute of Policy Studies), Doria Robinson (Executive Director of Urban Tilth), and Chris Rodriguez (Community Organizer at Ironbound Community Corporation) about alternative solutions to a just transition.
- Episode Three tackles “energy democracy,” a term describing a wide range of solutions that move away from a fossil fuel economy into renewable energies that also ensure energy is community-owned. The episode focuses specifically on the work of Climate Justice Alliance members: Kentuckians for the Commonwealth as they devise community energy plans, UPROSE’s solar park and clean energy development in Brooklyn, New York, and the Oregon Just Transition Alliance’s Clean Energy campaign that flips extractive economics on its head.
- Episode Four focuses on the necessary storytelling aspects of environmental and climate justice. It features two of Climate Justice Alliance’s three co-executive directors, Bineshi Albert and Monica Atkins, who share the ways their art and storytelling intersect with their leadership and organizing. Guests Lenina Nadal and Cris Laguna from Center for Story-based Strategy share how to use narrative strategy for cultural organizing and building collective power.
- Episode Five concludes the podcast with a focus on self-transformation and leadership, and our relationships in the ecosystems that are our families, neighborhoods, and communities. In this episode, guests Aghilah Nadaraj and Asli Mwaafrika from the Kheprw Institute share what it means to build “community wealth” and how leadership is within each of us. It also features Najari Smith, founder of Rich City Rides, on his journey channeling community voices into cooperative power and Climate Justice Alliance’s co-executive director Marion Gee, who talks about personal loss, grief, and her calling to leadership.
You can listen to the full season by clicking here.