live / 2020
With this grant, we seek to enhance our outreach, marketing, and staffing capabilities to have a greater impact on Southern California as a whole. Our priorities at this time include putting an end to neighborhood drilling throughout LA county, supporting the rights of indigenous groups, finding renewable energy solutions to fight climate change, putting pressure on Chase Bank to #stopthemoneypipeline that's destroying the Amazon, and educating/informing Angelenos about climate change via our podcast EcoJustice Radio.
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
- County of Los Angeles
In what stage of innovation is this project?Expand existing program
What is the need you’re responding to?
Did you know 580,000 Angelenos live within a quarter-mile of an active oil drilling site? JP Morgan Chase has provided $196 Billion in funding to fossil fuel companies since 2016. Individuals unemployed and lacking funds due to the Covid-19 pandemic may be at risk of eviction. These are just some of the issues that bounce around in the collective brain of SoCal 350 members. We’re responding to a need throughout our community for information. We want to inspire and motivate residents to show their concern and raise their voices in hopes of enacting true change. We exist because we see the social, environmental, and economic issues facing the LA area and we want to do what we can to make things right. As a coalition, we partner with other organizations to spread the word, but with increased financial means we can create a name for ourselves and improve our ability to work with others, and spread information in an easy to understand and peaceful way. Collective voices are louder.
Why is this project important to the work of your organization?
As climate change activists, our group of volunteers believes in a clean energy future. We have a healthy mailing list and strong attendance at our meetings. We also have a rich history and vast network throughout Southern California as a collaborator when it comes to critical causes. We’re uniquely positioned to mobilize other like-minded organizations and provide critical information to citizens in a friendly, peaceful way.
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this proposal?
- Direct impact
- Indirect impact
Please describe the broader impact of your proposal.
Individuals who call LA county home deserve access to clean air and a healthy environment. At SoCal 350, our actions evolve as needs arise and new partners come to fruition, but our mission always remains set on a future free of fossil fuels with full employment. Following Covid-19, our goals may shift to ensure out of work residents have access to food and shelter. All this to say, the broader impact of supporting SoCal 350 is advocacy. We want LA to be a great place to live with clean air, fair wages, and the health and prosperity of citizens considered above all. If this means peaceful actions, art projects, social gatherings, or interviewing climate change leaders on our podcast, we’ll make it happen.
Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.
The ultimate measure of success would be collaborating with residents and other organizations to stop neighborhood drilling in LA, protect the environment, and move toward a clean energy future. On a mission-based level, this would include growing our mailing list and social following, growing attendance at SoCal 350 meetings and creating a true sense of community that inspires and motivates on-going action, creating on-going partnerships with youth groups and like-minded activists, and being able to inform, educate, and mobilize the community in a way that puts pressure on government leaders to shut down neighborhood drill sites.
Which of the live metrics will your submission impact?
- Air quality
- Renewable energy use
Are there any other LA2050 goal categories that your proposal will impact?
- LA is the best place to LEARN
- LA is the best place to PLAY
Which of LA2050’s resources will be of the most value to you?
- Access to the LA2050 community
- Host public events or gatherings
- Communications support
- Office space for meetings, events, or for staff