Community Organizing for Environmental Campaigns
Community organizing is a key framework to achieving the change you wish to see in any community. For the environmental problems communities are facing literally the world around, a community organizing tactic can be essential for winning protections for the community and their environment.
The first thing an organizer does is ask "Who are my people?" not "What is the issue?" Once the people are identified you set your organizing statement: "I am organizing who to do what (what is your measurable outcome) by how (what is your strategy) by when?" In order to really create change to fight oil companies, fight major corporations or fight for legislation to protect a community or the environment, community organizing can be incredibly powerful. Remember in the story of David and Goliath, David can win.
Reasons for working in this topic, project or business:
Becuase community organizing is all about mobilizing resources to create power and empowering a community is one of the most rewarding work that can be done.
Root causes of the problems in this field and main barriers:
Many of the problems with environmental organizing is it is not specific enough. It is very hard to measure whether you have succeded or not when the goal is too big or too broad. That is the main challenge to cliamte change is in many cases the goals are too big or too broad and in order to succeed, they must be narrowed down.
Suggested best local solution for this topic:
Keystone XL is a great example of environmental community organizing that has been successful. For other local entities, find the people who would be affected and the one thing that they would be impacted by that is not abstract but is experienced. Then build resources from the community to build power.
How to effectively organize grassroots action for the environmental movement.
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