Alternet features a vignette from PERE's report, Facing the Climate Gap

California’s Governor Brown signed the “Climate and Community Revitalization” bills – SB535 and AB1532. Together, they set up a system for allocating revenues from auctioning allowances under California’s new market-based effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and they mandate that a significant share of those resources be invested in the Golden State’s most environmentally burdened and socially disadvantaged communities. As legislators, regulators, and local governments look for exactly how and where to allocate these funds, they can look to new research on grassroots organizations that know how to get this work right.

For a week, AlterNet posted vignettes on organizations across California from our new report Facing the Climate Gap: How Environmental Justice Communities are Leading the Way to a More Sustainable and Equitable California.  Each organization is dealing with the “climate gap” – the disproportionate burden of climate change on vulnerable communities. These organizations are working with small staffs on tight budgets to tackle some of our most pressing environmental burdens while governments and political leaders are debating implementation.

Our reading of this data? The communities most affected by the climate gap are creating solutions that can and should be scaled up – with the future of the planet at risk, it may be time to support these efforts and forge a bottom-up approach to tackling both climate change and the climate gap.

Don’t miss the Alternet series and be sure to check out the report.

OCT. 15: Facing the Climate Gap: How Low-Income Communities of Color Are Leading the Charge on Climate Solutions

California’s communities of color are implementing effective climate change responses that address social equity concerns while also building political momentum that can catalyze broader policy change.

OCT. 15: Urban Releaf: How One Community Group Is Saving Urban Neighborhoods and Creating Jobs

Oakland, California's Urban Releaf provides job training and education for local youth, and creates a healthier community.

Photo Credit: Urban Releaf

OCT. 16: Communities Take Food Justice Into Their Own Hands, One Plot at a Time

In some neighborhoods, home gardens are a way to improve food security, environmental responsibility and community engagement one plot at a time.

OCT. 17: Transit Justice: Providing Service and Shipping Out Greenhouse Gases

How one group aims to increase public transportation especially for those most in need.

Photo Credit: Image Source: Bus Riders Union

OCT. 18: Richmond: Looking to a New, Greener Future

Richmond, California is working on a just transition from the dirty industries that dominate the community, to cleaner and greener sources of energy.

Photo Credit: Solar Richmond

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