In early 2020, Faith Action officially launched its new Environmental Justice Task Force which is aimed to mobilize our state officials to take massive action on addressing climate change and protect our state's natural resources. Addressing these critical issues will allow our organization to adopt a broader, holistic approach in challenging the systems which perpetuate inequality and injustice. We acknowledge the strong connection between climate change, social justice and equity. By protecting our natural environment we can ensure the livelihood of our communities and future generations to come.
To mobilize our communities through education, community organizing and leadership development to become a faith-based, collective voice for protecting our state’s natural resources and ensuring environmental justice for all.
• Equity for All
Ensure the transition to renewable energy and solving the climate crisis are equitable for all, especially for those with low socioeconomic status.
A strong focus on relationship building, collaboration, fostering community and listening to the concerns our members and public through face to face communication.
The perspective that each individual and community is interconnected with each other and with the natural environment. Everything we do affects our environment, and our environment affects us.
Our commitment to creating positive change is driven from our faith and moral standpoint.
Each person has a role to play, we must hold each other and stakeholders accountable, and we all are responsible for caring for our natural environment.
The Environmental Justice Task Force will mobilize our communities through education, outreach, community organizing and self-determination. It will also educate youth on effective community organizing and advocacy so they can become future leaders in this movement.
A strong focus on being action and solution oriented to facilitate change at the macro level.
• Open Communication & Listening
Open and honest communication that is engaging and ‘two-way,’ this includes listening to all members and our communities to understand its challenges.
• Foster Personal Relationships
A focus on developing personal relationships among the task force, our greater membership and within the larger community.
• Inclusive & Safe Space
Ensure that every meeting and event creates a safe, inclusive environment where each member feels valued, respected, and safe to speak up and express their opinions.
• Grassroots Leadership
Decisions are made collectively and direction is member-led, no ‘top-down leadership.’
• Leadership Development
Ongoing training of members to become effective leaders, advocates and community organizers. Includes education on priority issues and empowering members to become leaders in their own communities and networks, using their voice to create the changes they want to see.
• Team Work & Accountability
Each issue campaign and organizing work is a team effort based on strategy and cohesiveness. Each member has a role to play. We hold each other accountable for our efforts and individual contributions.
• Make it Fun!
Remember to find ways to make this work fun and facilitate engaging activities to bond as a team.