Where We Live: The Changing Face of Climate Activism


A short film on the “No of Prop 23” campaign in California showcases the power of an inclusive climate movement. 

Director Mark Decena of Kontent Films, documents the effort that defeated Prop 23 in California, which threatened to obstruct the state’s greenhouse gas legislation. The film tells the story of how environmental justice organizations (groups that are accustomed to making the connection between health, jobs, and the environment), formed Communities United Against the Dirty Energy Proposition and mobilized communities of color to reject the proposition. The campaign effectively spread the message that climate change affects human health and disproportionately impacts communities of color.

The film chronicles the formation of the “coalition of coaltions” of grassroots groups and traditional environmental organizations that spanned cultures, languages and generations and ultimately defeated the proposition. Featuring such leaders as Jakada Imani, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights; Roger Kim, Asian Pacific Environmental Network; Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment; Ellen Choy, Youth for Climate Justice/Movement Generation; and Esperanza Tervalon-Daumont, Oakland Rising, the film asserts that the face of climate organizing is changing and the success of the No on Prop 23 campaign underscores the power of alliances, solidarity, and a climate movement that includes voices from all communities.

Find out more and view the film here.

Where We Live from FNTG on Vimeo.

Image is a screenshot from the film http://wherewelivefilm.org.

Strategic Approach: Audiences
Type: Campaign
Strategic Approach: Audiences
Type: Campaign

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