Justice for Migrant Women and other farmworker-serving organizations are raising immediate funds to help keep farmworker families safe from COVID-19 as they work to feed us.
An estimated two to three million farmworkers do life-sustaining work to feed us through their labor, bringing fruits, vegetables and other crops to homes across the nation. Of these workers, an estimated 900,000 of the workforce are women. As the country is learning, their work is critical, yet they and their work have not been properly valued. Despite their critical contributions, farmworkers often live in the shadows of our society and are subject to substandard working conditions. Farmworkers are excluded from some of the most basic labor protections and are at risk of wage theft, rampant sexual harassment and severe occupational injuries from heavy machinery, sharp implements and other unsafe conditions. Exposure to harmful pesticides is also a major issue as it can lead to rashes, headaches, nausea and more serious health consequences like miscarriage and child deformity.
A new report by leading economists breaks down what a bold economic renewal plan would mean for America. Here’s how the math breaks down.
4,600,000 jobs/year upgrading clean water, transportation and energy infrastructure
+ 3,200,000 jobs/year expanding renewable energy
+ 700,000 jobs/year increasing energy efficiency
+ 500,000 jobs/year in land restoration and regenerative agriculture
= 9,000,000 jobs/year
Can you imagine it — a country rallying around a bold plan to confront climate change, inequality, joblessness, and public health? If you can imagine it, we need your help to make it a reality.
That starts with getting the word out about what a bold climate-conscious economic renewal agenda means for America and reminding members of Congress they work for US.
It is business’ responsibility to lead the worldwide recovery and embark upon the ‘decade of action’ towards a resilient, circular, low-carbon and inclusive world. Covid-19 has revealed to the world just how critical yet fragile our global supply chains really are, and now more than ever is it apparent that sustainable procurement must be upheld and circularity should be pursued – all for the good of our planet and future.
Businesses need to push forward with the Net-Zero ambition as we try to deliver a more resilient and sustainable recovery. How companies can reduce carbon emissions and develop regenerative strategies that align with the 1.5 Target, whilst ensuring the business recovers commercially from the Covid-19 pandemic. This poses significant challenges, both large and small, across the globe.
Transform USA will be bringing together CSOs, CPOs and ESG Investors from across the world to share their latest insights, and more importantly, tangible strategies into how they are helping deliver the required transformation of business for a sustainable, circular, inclusive future post Covid-19.
Online, October 1st-2nd
The People’s Ecochallenge is our global community’s most popular Ecochallenge, offering a vast library of actions to take, plus the ability to create your own.
- Action Track: Justice for the Whole Community
- Action Track: Healing & Renewal*
- Actions marked specifically for “DFH” or “do from home”*
*to be released in the coming weeks!
“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month or a year. It is the struggle of a lifetime.” – John Lewis
The climate crisis is not an isolated issue — it involves every part of our economy and society. Because of that, each Friday demonstration will have a different focus as it relates to climate. Scientists, movement leaders, experts, activists, Indigenous leaders, community members and youth will come together to share their stories and demand that action be taken before it’s too late. To ensure the topic and its connection to the climate crisis is thoroughly explained, I will host a live-streamed “Teach-In” with a panel of experts each Thursday evening before the demonstration, for the public to attend virtually.
We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change and the last to be able to do anything about it.
Scientists around the world are unequivocal about the urgency of the climate crisis. Yet despite vast scientific evidence and immeasurable harm from climate disruption, efforts to address the climate crisis have been woefully inadequate. The threat to humans and all life systems continues to grow rapidly.
While the Industrial Revolution improved life on earth for billions of people, that progress has come with grave threats to all of humanity.
Historic power imbalances intensify the harms, with those least responsible for climate change being the most impacted and possessing the least resources to adapt. Vulnerable communities, including indigenous communities, communities of color, poor people, elderly people, women, youth, immigrants, people with disabilities, the global south, and others who have been systematically marginalized, are frequently excluded from mainstream climate debate and from subsequent development of policies, mitigations and adaptation measures.
From Yes! Magazine.
The long march of hierarchical and colonial history has led us to this moment of awareness. We are learning that the melting glaciers, coronavirus pandemic, species extinctions, racial and income inequality, political turmoil, and other heart-wrenching events are symptoms of a global social-governmental-economic system that is consuming itself into extinction. This is what I call the Death Economy that defines success as the maximization of short-term profits for corporations and short-term accumulation of material things for individuals, regardless of the environmental and social costs.
If enough of us confront our fear of change, this Death Economy could be transformed into one that cleans up pollution, regenerates destroyed environments, and creates technologies that do not ravage the environment—a living economy, a Life Economy. We will either change our ideas, values, and actions and accept new ways of relating to other people, resources, countries, governments, and cultures, or we will propel ourselves into extinction—or something unimaginably close to extinction.