Redefining Environmentalism for the Climate Emergency

What does environmentalism mean in an age of climate emergency? 


Both nationally and globally, communities struggle within a system that defines our activism for us. It tells us what actions and talking points are acceptable, it selects our spokespeople, and it narrows the spectrum of our engagement to agreeable forms of dissent and influence. This same system now drives global ecological collapse. 


Acceptable forms of dissent are not working. Something has to change. 


East Boulder County United leads the discussion about what environmentalism can and needs to look like in today's climate emergency, and the exploration into what communities are doing now to create a new environmental movement that will build power for people and the natural world. 


Waniya Locke is from the Ahtna Dene, Dakota, Lakota and Anishinaabe tribes. Locke is an activist, a mother of three beautiful children, and a former Lakota Language teacher ("Language is the foundation of any people, it makes us unique and true to our Identity”). She currently resides on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.


Thomas Linzey is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF), a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to over 500 local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. Linzey is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, a program that has graduated over 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials in 24 states across the county. CELDF assists groups in creating new community campaigns to elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

Why We Must Redefine Environmentalism

Civil Disobedience

Lessons from Standing Rock

Call To Action and East Boulder County United

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