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CEC is committed to creating a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change. Through our work with the Central Coast Climate Justice Network and elsewhere, our vision includes an end to racial injustices and their resulting environmental inequities.

Central Coast Climate Justice Network Charter

Updated August 17, 2018

Our Identity

We are a network of social justice and environmental organizations and leaders committed to a climate movement that advances social, economic, and environmental justice for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a more resilient and just region in the face of climate change by leading a just transition away from fossil fuels while transforming current social, economic, and environmental systems and conditions.

Our Mission

Our mission is to forge a regional partnership between social justice and environmental movements to expand our collective power, so we can advance restorative actions and systems change centering on communities who bear the greatest burden of climate change impacts.

Our Values

  • Representative leadership. Leadership and decision-making that directly involves the most-impacted communities.
  • Self-determination. Communities determine their own destiny.
  • Equity. All are welcome, share access and benefits, and create fairness.
  • Courage and compassion. OUR action IS fueled by the love for our communities, families, friends and the earth.
  • Self-reflection and growth. Openness to difficult dialogue that is grounded in honesty, integrity, and respect.
  • Heal Historic Harms. Build reconciliation and accountability for legacies of injustice, mend divides, and focus benefits on communities that have borne the greatest impacts.
  • Challenge Unjust Power. Confront and resist agents and institutions of oppression and environmental degradation.
  • Community Health. Holistic well-being of people and the environment.
  • Peace. End violence and advance harmony in our communities.
  • Organizing. Grow grassroots power, leadership, and representation among a broad base of people.
  • Transformation. Change deeply-rooted systems, power dynamics, and relationships to advance climate justice.

Social Justice Lens

Center marginalized people

People who have been marginalized by deeply-rooted systems of power, oppression and inequality such as low-income people, women, immigrants and people of color, will be the most disproportionately burdened by climate change, are more sensitive to negative impacts, and have the least resources for resilience.

These frontline communities will be at the center of our decision-making and priorities, which requires dedicating meaningful resources to ensuring accessibility and opportunities to participate for those whose voices have historically been left out of conversations about environmental and climate issues. People that come from and are informed by marginalized communities will be encouraged and supported to serve in public leadership roles.

Leaders and institutions with greater access, representation, and power will commit to internal reflection and transformation to develop stronger allyship towards marginalized people and build a more inclusive and just movement.

Value all forms of knowledge

The deep and broad understanding needed to break down silos in our movements and achieve transformational breakthroughs and innovative practices will require integrating many forms of knowledge and wisdom in our communities.

Indigenous knowledge, lived experiences of frontline communities, and stories of impacted people will be welcomed and valued equally alongside technical, legal , policy, and scientific knowledge to understand the needs and advance solutions for the most impacted and marginalized communities.

Our analysis and action will bridge divides and connect the dots between social justice and environmental movement, “people focused” and “nature focused”, technical and experiential knowledge.

Challenge unjust power

We will embrace the reality that social, economic, and environmental injustice is a direct result of intentional oppression by those who profit and benefit from putting others into positions of denied power.

Creating meaningful transformation of unjust structures, systems, and institutions requires struggle, conflict, determination, and courage to confront and hold power accountable.

Our analysis and action will recognize and address the root causes of environmental and climate injustice by resisting the forces that create systemic inequities and seeking solutions that truly transform the social, economic, and environmental conditions.

Proposed Network Big Purpose & Objectives

The following are proposals drafted by facilitator based upon the input and sharing at our January 8th meeting.

Big Purpose

Our big purpose is to advance a global and regional strategy for community health and environment protection — to engage all people in doing their part to ensure a healthy environment for all.

Objectives

  1. Regional Strategy. Develop a regional strategy for advancing climate justice including bold vision (e.g., carbon-negative region), needs assessment, and priority goals.
  2. Need assessments. Develop a “resource and service gap assessment” to clarify what is currently being addressed and what needs attention.
  3. Clearing house. Serve as clearing house for new issues, contacts and resources.
  4. Climate Justice Practice. Develop a common understanding and commitment regarding the practice of climate justice for our region.
  5. Increase Effectiveness. Increase the effectiveness of each other’s work. Including our ability for engaging and responding to low income communities of color.
  6. Advance Advocacy Power. Plan for the development of our political power and influence.
  7. Reflective Evaluation (Praxis). Evaluate our efforts to develop our shared wisdom. Evaluate our past efforts for lessons. Rethink our current efforts for new opportunities, e.g., Oxnard power plant, etc. Can we be more transformative?
  8. Transformative Wisdom. Provide the opportunity to develop our transformative analysis and wisdom. For example how do we re-envision our energy systems for big transformations in housing, agriculture, transportation, water, etc.? How do we build transformative climate communities in which there is equity and the sharing of power?

Guiding Principles

  1. Safe Learning Environment. We strive to maintain a secure, safe, and confidential learning environment that enables everyone to express their concerns and perspectives and grow together. We are all learners and all teachers. We respectfully encourage others to explore new ideas and take ownership for advancing the network’s mission together.
  2. Confidentiality. All CJN conversations involving our individual perspectives or revelations about our organizations shall be held in complete confidence unless collectively agreed to be shared outside. What is shared here stays here and we listen with care and confidentiality.
  3. Trust intent and attend to impact. We trust that all CJN members are here to grow in our ability to advance climate justice and transformative change. If particular remarks hurt a member or cause concern, we encourage follow-up with respectful attention, including one-to-one conversations or group discussions as learning opportunities.

Proposed: Network Member Responsibilities

  1. Commit to advance vision, mission, values and social justice orientation of the Climate Justice Network and to secure the commitment of their organization.
  2. Commit to come prepared to all meetings and to fully participate (listening, proactive thinking, and contributing).
  3. Commit to follow-through with quality engagement in all individual and group assignments.
  4. Commit to personal leadership growth and the development of our network partners and organizations.
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