San Diego Climate Hub

Catalyzing collaborative local and regional solutions
to stop the climate crisis

The Climate Hub brings together San Diego-based organizations to expand and accelerate our collective efforts to achieve the transformational and equitable policy and infrastructure changes required to stop the immediate and dire threat of the climate crisis.

Meet the Climate Hub Members

The Climate Hub was created to catalyze collaborative local and regional solutions to stop the climate crisis.
Learn more about the Climate Hub members below.

Bike San Diego

Bike San Diego is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to make San Diego a world-class bicycling city and to create more livable urban communities by promoting everyday riding and advocating for bicycling infrastructure. Bike San Diego wants bicycling and other micro-mobility options to be seen as a high priority in San Diego’s transportation system — for commuting, for errands, for recreation, for emissions reduction, and for health.

Climate Action Campaign

Climate Action Campaign is a climate solutions organization with a simple mission: stop the climate crisis. Climate Action Campaign works to shift policy, planning, and investments at the local and regional level to move the San Diego region toward zero carbon at the speed the climate crisis demands, with a just transition for communities of concern and workers.
SanDiego350 is an inclusive volunteer organization buildinga movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climateinjustice. We strive to create a future that supports a livable planet and justsociety through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizingeveryday San Diegans to step up and take action.

Surfrider Foundation
San Diego

Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. The San Diego County Chapter's vision is 100% protection of our 72 miles of coast. Surfrider focuses on clean water, beach access, coastal preservation, ocean protection, and the reduction of plastic pollution.

Hammond
Climate Solutions

Hammond Climate Solutions is expediting positive change for a just and livable future. Hammond Climate Solutions is proud to be managing relations at the Climate Hub. If you're interested in becoming a Climate Hub member, please email tara@hammondclimatesolutions.com.

Climate Hub Collaboration

Our coalition collaborates to work more efficiently on different climate initiatives, creating a louder, more powerful voice to enact change.

San Diego Green New Deal

The Climate Hub's largest joint initiative is working to pass a San Diego Green New Deal! The vision is a San Diego region that achieves zero carbon by 2035 through a fair and just transition for workers and communities of concern, the creation of good family-sustaining jobs, and the development of affordable, equitable and inclusive communities powered by 100 percent clean electricity.
All Climate Hub organizations are active members of the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance. We invite you to learn more about the Alliance here by clicking the link above.

Coalition Letters

Addressed to the San Diego City Council
Addressed to the Coronado Mayor and City Council
Addressed to the Metropolitan Transit System Board

Climate Hub Mixer Recap

Thank you to everyone who attended the Inaugural San Diego Climate Hub Mixer!
Hundreds of people registered, and we had important discussions about climate justice in San Diego and beyond...

"The panelists were absolutely brilliant and I appreciate the perspective they shared. My takeaway from the conversation was that climate justice is social justice, and it is racial justice. All of them are connected, and we can’t have one without the other - all three go hand-in-hand.”

-Sarah Bolton, event participant & Business for Good San Diego environment committee member

Please see below for bonus Q&A with our panelists!

Sonja

Sonja Robinson

NAACP San Diego Environmental & Climate Justice Committee Chair &
Host of SUN Sustainable Urban Network

Q1: Do you think the environmental justice was already going strong before the murder of George Floyd in May, or do you believe it hasn’t really picked up significant momentum until the BLM protests that took place in response to Floyd’s death?

A1: I believe the environmental justice movement has existed and has persisted on some level over the duration of time. Specifically, in the Black communities I’d say there’s Climate Avengers working for the last decade or so, and prior. I believe social and racial justice has the stage and spotlight it deserves since the tragic murder of George Floyd. Therefore, it does provide the umbrella and attention for environmental justice as racial and social justice is addressed with environmental justice and environmental justice applied correctly addresses racial and social justice.  

Q2: Should we be developing EJ missionaries for impacted communities?

A2: I believe that environmental justice faith led ambassadors could be helpful. Considering the regenerative vision and approach for realizing full benefits of equity for communities of need may consider a Cultural Adoption Strategy. Involving faith leaders and faith believers in this space I believe is beneficial and the narrative and approach require a cultural narrative of inclusion, action, and commitment to mobilize communities in higher functioning opportunities for growth and transformative community results.

Q3: If you were queen of San Diego (with no political barriers), what would your first initiative be to address climate justice?  

A3: Wow what a question. I appreciate it. This is not an easy question with so many issues to address. I’d like to lay the foundation in addressing housing affordability and the homeless crises in San Diego. Applying our established resources with creative housing units, (i.e., large shipping containers, large cargo containers, metal crates, out of commission ships) for those living without any form of shelter would serve in addressing climate justice in a humane manner.  The affordability component would be addressed in a multiple prism approach including COL (cost of living) adjustments that adequately adjust for the market including working families. Approaching local affordability also addresses our energy cost, as well as, housing, in a toxin-free environment. This includes building an equitable system that is inclusive with integrity to re-imagine, rethink, and improve the human sustainable advancements prioritizing resources for front-line communities that enacts accountability to promote sustainability.

Chris

Chris Chaleunrath

Earthjustice, Major Gifts Officer
&
Climate Justice Advocate

Q1: Do you think the environmental justice was already going strong before the murder of George Floyd in May, or do you believe it hasn’t really picked up significant momentum until the BLM protests that took place in response to Floyd’s death?

A1: I think environmental justice was becoming more common knowledge prior to May but by no means do I believe it was going strong. There has been an increased spotlight on environmental and social justice as a result of G.Floyd’s tragedy, but the most important aspect is how to maintain this momentum. There is still so much to do at both the grassroots and federal level to educate the public on the conditions and causes of our most vulnerable communities. We must improve our vigilance to support and empower these communities as so many constructs are embedded against them including at the legal level (see the report here to learn more).

Q2: Should we be developing EJ missionaries for impacted communities?

A2: It really begins at the grassroots level and supporting non-profits who understand and embody the community's situation best is a valuable way to help. In addition, effective legal, advocacy and public awareness organizations play an important role to bridge the needs of these groups at a greater scale.

Q3: What’s the one thing that we (as individuals) can do to further the climate justice movement?

A3: All actions large and small have an impact on the care of our environment and our communities. In addition to my response for #2, I would think about how you can best help this movement. Whether it is volunteering your skills to a grassroots nonprofit or advocacy campaign, being a leader in your network of friends to educate them in climate justice so they in turn become active and engaged, to helping raise funds for your non-profit of choice.

Q4: How do we demand free public transport that’s critical?

A4: This has been a classic battle through the ages. It really is centered around policy and the elected officials who write the bills and votes on these key issues. Please remember that you are also battling big industries and pro-business elected officials who don’t value communities who need access to free (and clean) public transport. It is a wide ranging and complex effort involving many players and decision makers. There are blueprints (Earthjustice included) for how we can make this a reality. It always starts at the community level, who is your elected official? Are they supportive of clean and accessible transportation? If so, who are their opponents, and how can you best inform and educate those who elected them into office.

Q5: What is still required to reach the social tipping point (where we prioritize the mental/physical health of all people within planetary resource limits)? Are there enough people who want this future versus those who still believe in ‘survival of the fittest’?

A5: The tipping point is when elected officials understand and realize they cannot vote or draft policy against this goal. Industries will continue to bend the law/policies as far as they can to maximize profits and reduce any backlash on their impact to the environment. If laws and policies are written (and enforced) making this no longer profitable, they will need to adapt to clean energy or perish. Here is an example of how communities and environmental groups have come together on protecting communities from industrial pollution and bad policy.

Q6: How do you encourage your friend who thinks their vote doesn’t matter that they must vote in November, and what’s the importance of supporting candidates who will advance racial justice, social justice and climate justice?

A6: Here is a video of what happens when you have bad policy resulting from Industries, through lobbyists and politicians, use the public utilities commission process to pass laws that hurt clean energy and energy democracy. Only by the public being aware and resisting by their advocacy and their vote, can you help elect a commission who supports justice and the environment.

Q7: What are the mechanics of advocacy and litigation as levers to transform social and environmental policy? What are key environmental laws which are most useful to protect social/climate justice?

A7: I addressed examples of this from previous answers above, but I would say it is not just the policy as it is written that is key. In actuality, it is the enforcement of pro-environment policies and the improvement of our laws to protect our climate and vulnerable communities as well. At the core, we need to have strong policies to resist and litigate against those who harm our environment. Industries and politicians will continue to try and weaken or undermine these laws. Here is an example of how the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), a law has become one of the most important tools to protect communities and our environment presently under attack.

Q8: Do you have recommendations for articles, books or people/organizations to follow on social media for the participants who want to learn more about how they can support climate justice?

A8: Please feel free to subscribe and follow any one of the Earthjustice mediums from email newsletters to social media.

Omar

Omar Federico

Mid-City CAN Volunteer
 & 
Youth Climate Justice Activist

Q1: What are some of the leading climate problems that youth today face?

A1: There is like this unspoken grapple for power between young people and our elders. We’re still very blocked off from the change making for the most part because we’re still largely thought of as just temporarily impassioned youth. Air pollution is increasingly affecting the lungs of today’s youth. Asthma and cancer risk is higher for low-income BIPOC communities.

Q2: Learning that SD's transportation system was the most unaffordable, are there initiatives to make the system better?

A2: Showing support for Youth Opportunity Passes, a community initiative that is working towards creating no cost transit passes for youth. This will incentivize better school attendance and give youth safer routes to get around San Diego.

Q3: Should we be developing EJ missionaries for impacted communities?

A3: I am unfamiliar with what exactly EJ missionaries are, but missionary ideology is evil as it carries with it cultural imperialism, white savior complexes, and makes the communities it’s serving dependent on them instead of allowing the community to grow autonomous.

Q4: What’s the one thing that we (as individuals) can do to further the climate justice movement?

A4: When we're talking about how individuals can create lasting change for the Earth, it is important to unlearn all the colonial, capitalist ideas that if you shower for 5 minutes, the Earth will be better for it. Large companies use billions of gallons a day, discard literal tons of food, and poison acres of soil. Turning the lights off as you leave the room will no doubt comfort you, but it won’t go farther than that. Ways that you can combat climate change is by spreading awareness, calling your representatives and letting them know where you stand, and also being as active as you can.

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