Press Conference Videos – June 21, 2017

A coalition of dedicated policymakers, activists, and organizers announced the formation of a Climate Justice Mobilization 2025 working group in Los Angeles, to achieve a carbon-neutral city by 2025 through a WWII-scale effort rooted in a transformative vision of social justice. Watch their brilliant speakers below!

Complete Stream of all Speakers

Speakers included Gloria Arellanes, Tongva elder; Paul Koretz, LA City Councilmember; Naomi Klein, journalist and activist; R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, CA; Russell Greene, advisor to The Climate Mobilization; Anthony Rogers-Wright, U.S. Coordinator of the Leap; Lydia Ponce, Co-Director, American Indian Movement Southern California; Aura Vasquez, LADWP Commissioner; Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Bill Gallegos, Executive Director Emeritus, Communities for a Better Environment; Yvette Lopez, Deputy Director, Pacoima Beautiful; RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote; Steve Wicke, Sierra Club; Joe Galliani, SouthBay 350; Alex Nagy, Food & Water Watch; and Eugene Shirley, Pando Populus.

Paul Koretz, LA Councilmember

LA Councilmember Paul Koretz announces the formation of a Climate Justice Mobilization working group, which will pursue carbon neutrality in Los Angeles by 2025 through a WWII-scale climate mobilization! Learn more about Councilmember Koretz at http://www.councilmemberpaulkoretz.com

Naomi Klein, Journalist & Activist

Journalist/activist Naomi Klein discusses how economic and racial justice and the principles of the Leap Manifesto must be integral to this WWII-scale mobilization. Learn more about The Leap at: https://theleap.org

R. Rex Parris, Lancaster Mayor

Republican Mayor of Lancaster, CA, R. Rex Parris shares his experience rapidly deploying renewable energy to fight the climate emergency in his city. Learn more about Lancaster, CA, at http://www.cityoflancasterca.org

Russell Greene, The Climate Mobilization

Russell Greene, Advisor to The Climate Mobilization, recounts his successful introduction of an amendment into the 2016 Democratic Party Platform demanding a WWII-scale mobilization to address the climate emergency. Learn more about The Climate Mobilization.

Anthony Rogers-Wright, The Leap

Anthony Rogers Wright of The Leap emphasizes the need for justice, and overcoming greed. Learn more about The Leap at https://theleap.org

Aura Vasquez, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Learn more about Aura Vasquez at http://auravasquez.com/

Lydia Ponce & Walter Graywolf Ruiz, American Indian Movement Southern California

Learn more about the American Indian Movement Southern California (AIMSoCal) at https://www.officialaimsocal.org/

Martha Dina Argüello, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles

Learn more about PSR-LA and Martha Dina Argüello at http://www.psr-la.org

Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment

Learn more about Communities for a Better Environment and Bill Gallegos at http://www.cbecal.org

Yvette Lopez, Pacoima Beautiful

Learn more about Pacoima Beautiful and Yvette Lopez at http://www.pacoimabeautiful.org/

RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote

Learn more about Climate Hawks Vote and RL Miller at http://climatehawksvote.com/

Joe Galliani, South Bay Los Angeles 350

Joe Galliani challenges all of Los Angeles County to reach carbon neutrality by 2025. Learn more about SouthBay 350: https://southbay350.wordpress.com/

Steve Wicke, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Learn more about the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter: http://angeles.sierraclub.org/

Alexandra Nagy, Food & Water Watch

Learn more about Food & Water Watch and Alexandra Nagy at https://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/

Eugene Shirley, Pando Populus

Learn more about Pando Populus and Eugene Shirley at https://pandopopulus.com/

Complete Stream of all Speakers

Speakers included Gloria Arellanes, Tongva elder; Paul Koretz, LA City Councilmember; Naomi Klein, journalist and activist; R. Rex Parris, Mayor of Lancaster, CA; Russell Greene, advisor to The Climate Mobilization; Anthony Rogers-Wright, U.S. Coordinator of the Leap; Lydia Ponce, Co-Director, American Indian Movement Southern California; Aura Vasquez, LADWP Commissioner; Martha Dina Arguello, Executive Director, Physicians for Social Responsibility; Bill Gallegos, Executive Director Emeritus, Communities for a Better Environment; Yvette Lopez, Deputy Director, Pacoima Beautiful; RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote; Steve Wicke, Sierra Club; Joe Galliani, SouthBay 350; Alex Nagy, Food & Water Watch; and Eugene Shirley, Pando Populus.

Paul Koretz, LA Councilmember

LA Councilmember Paul Koretz announces the formation of a Climate Justice Mobilization working group, which will pursue carbon neutrality in Los Angeles by 2025 through a WWII-scale climate mobilization! Learn more about Councilmember Koretz.

Naomi Klein, Journalist & Activist

Journalist/activist Naomi Klein discusses how economic and racial justice and the principles of the Leap Manifesto must be integral to transforming our society to tackle climate change, and what the American experience of the WWII-scale mobilization can teach us about what we must now do together. Learn more about The Leap.

R. Rex Parris, Lancaster Mayor

Republican Mayor of Lancaster, CA, R. Rex Parris shares his experience coming to accept the reality of climate crisis, and then rapidly deploying renewable energy to fight the climate emergency in his city. Learn more about Lancaster, CA.

Russell Greene, The Climate Mobilization

Russell Greene, Advisor to The Climate Mobilization, recounts his successful introduction of an amendment into the 2016 Democratic Party Platform demanding a WWII-scale mobilization to address the climate emergency. Learn more about The Climate Mobilization.

Anthony Rogers-Wright, The Leap

Anthony Rogers Wright of The Leap emphasizes the need for intersectional justice, and overcoming greed, as we work toward social and ecological transformation in every sector of Los Angeles. Learn more about The Leap.

Aura Vasquez, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Aura Vasquez is on the LADWP Board of Commissioners and an environmental activist. She urges people to be part of the mobilization against climate change and speaks about some of the local challenges LA faces including refineries and fossil fuel infrastructure in South LA which exacerbate poor air quality. The LADWP has pledged to increase their investment in renewable energy to 55% by 2030. Learn more about Aura Vasquez.

Lydia Ponce & Walter Graywolf Ruiz, American Indian Movement Southern California

Lydia Ponce reminds people of the recklessness and danger of not recognizing treaty rights as the fight continues in Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Walter Graywolf Ruiz welcomes the new activists and fighters who are joining the effort against climate change.

Learn more about the American Indian Movement Southern California (AIMSoCal).

Martha Dina Argüello, Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles

Martha Dina Argüellois the Executive Director of Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles and the Co-Chair of Standing Together Against Neighborhood Drilling/LA. She speaks about what a “just transition” to a clean energy economy that promotes caring and health looks like and about restoring South LA from the soul to the soil. Learn more about PSR-LA.

Bill Gallegos, Communities for a Better Environment

Bill Gallegos, Executive Director of Communities for a Better Environment, speaks about the paradox of LA in terms of the inequity of environmental problems. He highlights the work that many frontline communities have been doing for years and expresses enthusiasm about the collaborative effort for a carbon-neutral LA. Learn more about Communities for a Better Environment.

Yvette Lopez, Pacoima Beautiful

Yvette Lopez, Deputy Director at Pacoima Beautiful, speaks about the need for equity in the fight against climate change and reminds us that if the impacts on the most oppressed are not decreasing, there is still a lot of work to be done — environmental justice and fighting systemic racism should be embedded in the climate mobilization. Learn more about Pacoima Beautiful.

RL Miller, Climate Hawks Vote

RL Miller, director and founder of Climate Hawks Vote, expresses concern about fossil fuel money in politics and urges LA politicians to refuse donations from fossil fuel interests in order to keep our democracy strong. Learn more about Climate Hawks Vote.

Joe Galliani, South Bay Los Angeles 350

Joe Galliani was instrumental in getting electric buses in Los Angeles, and challenges all of Los Angeles County to reach 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality by 2025. Learn more about SouthBay 350.

Steve Wicke, Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Steve Wicke is a volunteer with the Sierra Club and is Chair of the Environment Committee. He warns about the urgency of climate change and supports Paul Koretz’s plan for a carbon neutral LA. Learn more about the Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Alexandra Nagy, Food & Water Watch

Alex Nagy is a senior organizer with Food & Water Watch. She is working to shut down the Aliso Canyon gas company as well as Southern California Gas Co. She highlights some of the pressing issues that LA must face within the next 10 years. Learn more about Food & Water Watch.

Eugene Shirley, Pando Populus

Eugene Shirley and Pando Populus work to create a culture shift towards an ecological way of living. He announces the formation, in association with the office of Paul Koretz, of a Chief Sustainability Officer Strategic Task Force. Learn more about Pando Populus.