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“[The] feeling of loss of place that my friends and family are experiencing as their local weather patterns shift is key in my mind here. An embrace of that loss and a fostering of a new land ethic seems important to me. We need to look at things like that, things we’d taken for granted. We need to look for what those things meant to us and to what those changes can teach us: the way natural resources, our climate, and our livelihoods are linked.”

“[A] just transition is rooted in community [and] involves healing the violence, domination, and extraction of peoples, resources, [and] communities [ ]. It needs to fix these systemic issues and I think the best way to do that is for folks to come together, which of course requires a lot of empathy and strength, and [is] unfortunately easier said than done.”

“[The] thing that struck me was … how important it is not only to say no in activism, but also to make it clear what we are saying yes to.”

— Student reflections from UCI’s Advanced Community Resilience Organizing Seminar


About UCI Community Resilience Projects

At the UCI Office of Sustainability, we are working on several community resilience projects that are intended to foster people-centered and inclusive solutions to our climate challenges. These projects are driven by students, faculty, staff, and community collaborators who come together for meaningful exchange, education, research, and action for social transformation. We are developing a shared understanding that the problems of climate change, racism and all social injustice, economic inequality, and our challenged democracy are connected, and so are the solutions. Current projects include:

UCI Community Resilience Projects take place within the ancestral homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples. Read about our engagement with Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples here.

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Why This is the Work

The work required of us is to shift the white supremacist gaze to see what is actually happening here. I write to tell some stories from our work at the University of California, Irvine, to help connect some of these dots in a manner that points towards action.

June 29th, 2020|

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