I’m choking on toxic air… / the fumes are so hazardous – it just ain’t fair… / I’m calling out every generation before mine… / Our mothers, fathers, grandparents and so on who be telling us ‘it’s fine’…” Last week, New Voices Are Rising student Michelle read her poetry about inheriting toxic pollution to an audience of friends, family, program partners, and other community members at New Voices’ annual Climate Justice Youth Summit.
Mike Herz (retired) founded San Francisco Baykeeper in 1989, an organization dedicated using clean water laws and science to safeguard Bay Area communities and habitats. Since Mike first reached out to the Rose Foundation with a request to manage settlement funds in 1994, Baykeeper has continued to direct settlement funds to the Rose Foundation for distribution to local environmental groups. In addition to supporting our work as a loyal donor, Mike remains an important part of the Rose Foundation community.
Rose Foundation Program Officer Laura Fernandez attended the annual GreenLatinos summit to learn about how environmental leaders in Latino communities are taking action for healthier and more just communities. Here is Laura’s account on her experience at the recent GreenLatinos Summit.
Shreya Shankar works at Rooted In Resilience, a long-time partner of the Rose Foundation’s New Voices Are Rising program. Rooted in Resilience empowers communities to rise to the challenges of climate change. Their programs support local clean energy and urban farming, and train youth to prepare for the socio-economic effects of climate change.
Thank You For Supporting Youth Leaders! Your Support is Amplifying Youth Voices for Our Communities and the Environment!
Thanks to you, our New Voices crowdfund campaign “Fired Up for the Change We Need!” raised more than $25,000 to support the 2018 Summer Climate Justice Youth Leadership Academy! You have ensured that our cohort of 16 New Voices students will have an impactful summer of environmental justice training and leadership development.
From challenging fossil fuel infrastructure to taking a sledgehammer to pavement, our grantees in Tacoma, WA are working to build healthier and more just communities. Join Rose Foundation Program Officer Laura Fernandez on a trip through the area to meet Earth Ministry, and Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Get a glimpse of Rose Foundation grantee the 5 Gyres Institute’s work inspiring youth to take action on plastic pollution. Students hop on a boat to use 5 Gyre’s signature trawl to scoop up plastic pollution and learn firsthand about its effects on aquatic ecosystems. For many students the trip offers them their first chance to ride on a boat and to receive a hands-on lesson about pollution.
Marybelle Nzegwu has served on our Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund funding board since 2015, and we were excited to welcome her onto the Rose Foundation board of directors earlier this year. After graduating from UC Hastings College of the Law, Marybelle began her legal career at the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment. In 2017 she founded her own consulting firm, Environmental Justice Solutions.