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Public discourse regarding climate change in Orange County is often scarce.Yet, there has been a glimmer of hope on the horizon for climate, and it bears the yellow flag of the Sunrise Movement. Young people across the United States have begun to demand political leaders draft a “Green New Deal,” an umbrella term for a sweeping set of policies that aim to fight climate change and economic inequality based loosely on F.D.R.’s New Deal. By providing a historical context for environmental justice issues in North Orange County, participants will gain valuable insight into the colonial processes that created the climate crisis we find ourselves in today. The goal of this workshop is to inspire students to act on climate by creating environmental policy while rejecting settler colonial politics. During this session, participants may discuss how to promote sustainable economic development with indigenous communities and disadvantaged communities of color.
Keywords: Climate Action, Environmental Policy, Decolonization, Permaculture, Civic Engagement
Author Bio: José Trinidad Castañeda III is an activist-scholar and former candidate for Fullerton City Council. José serves on the SouthCoast Air Quality Management District Youth Leaders Council and previously on the City of Fullerton Parks and Recreation Commission. José earned his Biology and Anthropology Associates degrees from Fullerton College before transferring to CalStateLA’s Anthropology and Gender Studies departments.
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