On June 1, New Voices student-interns joined local youth and visited Phil Tagami’s office in downtown Oakland to ask why he won’t drop his lawsuit against the city’s ban on coal exports. The students wore elf hats saying “it’s Christmas in June, don’t give the kids coal.”
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With pollution, dams and climate change altering the face of our watersheds, our rivers are starting to look less and less familiar. On River Day, May 3, our New Voices youth interns went to lobby at the California State Assembly for bills AB 1667, 1668 and 1669 to protect water in California. These three bills together increase agricultural water efficiency, help communities prepare for drought years, and set standards for urban water conservation.
“We want to tear down walls instead of build walls,” says Carlos Zambrano, the Rose Foundation’s New Voices are Rising Project Coordinator. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, Carlos studied at UC Berkeley before working toward environmental justice in Oakland. Carlos is excited for our students. “I love seeing the growth that students undergo and the confidence that they build” he says and is excited to plan a Summer Climate Justice Leadership Academy that brings down barriers.
Teens Deserve Clean Streams Our "Clean Streams Green Teens" project will address local water and air pollution
Last Week, we participated in a Bay Area Regional Water Quality Control Board field day and had the pleasure of introducing Board members to the Rose Foundation and our New Voices Are Rising program. We offered the Board a tour of Coliseum College Preparatory Academy (CCPA) to explain our Clean Streams Green Teens project. The Clean Streams project will work with CCPA students to draft a stormwater plan to deal with the polluted runoff flowing into nearby Lion Creek.
Rose intern, Mykela Patton, recently went to the Plan Bay Area 2040 Alameda County town hall and she shares her opinion on the plan
Our New Voices students joined the Citizen’s Climate March around Oakland’s Lake Merritt, on Saturday, April 29. The march called for serious action on climate change, a problem that threatens all, especially the youth who are inheriting a world with climbing temperatures and a destabilized climate. Our students led an art table that helped all participants make colorful and creative signs with personal climate messages.
Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment is pleased to announce Regina Chichizola as the winner of the 2017 Anthony Grassroots Prize, an annual $1,000 Earth Day award recognizing an outstanding example of grassroots environmental stewardship. Orleans activist Regina Chichizola is a dedicated volunteer advocate for wild salmon and environmental justice for Tribal communities.
The Humbolt Institute and our grantee FutureWise have both published reports that focus on cities. Cities and urbanization are a big concern of the future as they contribute to many global issues such as disease, sanitation, and climate change.