Our Communities, Our Power: Advancing Resistance and Resilience in Climate Change Adaptation Toolkit
The Beloved Community is a vision for our future where all people share equally in the wealth and bounty of the earth, where we protect its abundance, diversity and beauty for future generations. In this vision of liberation, racism, exploitation, and domination are replaced by democracy, cooperation, interdependence, and love. To get there, we pursue transformative, systems-change solutions. What do we mean by this? The root causes of the problems our communities face—like climate change, racism, and economic inequality—are all deeply connected. Since the problems are connected, so are the solutions.
The purpose of this toolkit is to put us on the path toward achieving this vision. Through the context of building equity and resilience into climate adaptation planning, we introduce strategies to transform our communities and, by extension, society. Our ultimate goal is to create lasting and systemic change. At the same time, we recognize the urgency of the issues our communities face and the need to take action now. That is why we pursue change at every scale—from policy changes to community-based projects—to institute the transformative change we need to uphold our vision of the beloved community.
This toolkit is specifically designed for NAACP units and their Environmental and Climate Justice (ECJ) Committees. Through a series of individual modules—each devoted to a specific topic—this toolkit guides NAACP units through the process of establishing an ECJ Committee and developing a climate adaptation plan. Each community is different so some modules may apply more than others. We designed the toolkit so that modules can be used by themselves or together with the other modules so that every community can develop the adaptation plan that best meets their needs.
Module 1: A Community Coming Together
Module 2: Building Social Cohesion
Module 3: Developing a Community Climate Adaptation Plan
Module 4: Passing Policy for Climate Resilience
Module 5: Communicating Climate Resilience Narratives
Module 6: Educating and Organizing for Climate Resilience
Module 7: Democracy and Governance
Module 8: Economic Justice
Module 9: Energy Systems
Module 10: Emergency Management
Module 11: Food Systems
Module 12: Gender and LGBTQ Responsive Resilience Building
Module 13: Housing
Module 14: Land Use Planning and Management
Module 15: Restorative / Criminal Justice
Module 16: Sea Level Rise and Coastal Resilience
Module 17: Transportation Systems
Module 18: Waste Management
Module 19: Water Resource Management
APPENDICES: Resources, Fact Sheets, Samples, Glossary, and More