Our Climate, Our Action.

April 22nd, 2023

Our Climate, Our Action is the official launch of an annual community event celebrating and engaging the frontline communities in DC, led by Our Climate, a youth-based climate justice organization. This event will take place on Earth Day, April 22, 2023, at The Village in Union Market, a Black-owned café and lab in the local community with a designated event space. During this day of celebration, attendees will explore art created by local high school students, take part in letter writing to elected officials, work with a horticulture therapist to plant seeds and discuss the reclamation of land, and attend a dynamic panel on climate justice.

This event will be open to the public, but participation, vendors, marketing, and school outreach will be emphasized in the local communities surrounding the H-Street Corridor, more specifically Wards 5 & 6. We are expecting around 200 attendees from the DC area

Event Highlights:

  • Art created by local high school students displayed as a gallery

  • Engage in letter writing to elected officials

  • Attend a dynamic panel on climate justice

  • Work with a horticulture therapist to plant seeds & discuss reclamation of land

Our Climate, Our Action:

  • Aims to address the fact that DC locals are often left out of conversations surrounding legislation, policy, and resources for their communities, yet the Capitol sits in our backyard.

  • Bridge the gap between climate justice advocates and the DC community we serve, show that joy and collaboration are powerful activism tools, as well as empower our community members to be able to take action into their own hands.

  • Highlight four local vendors and artists at the event, and providing food, drinks, and snacks from around 4-5 local businesses.
  • Create a giant collage of artwork to set the stage at The Village on Earth Day.

Going Forward:

  • We want to build upon Our Climate, Our Action in the coming years to develop an even further reach with more community engagement, bigger and bolder youth art installments, and tangible legislative outcomes for the local frontline communities of DC. In the future, Our Climate will conduct outreach to more schools, specifically in Wards 7 & 8, provide transportation for the day of the event to community members all over DC, and collaborate with more DC businesses, vendors, artists, and organizations with aligned missions and goals! Overall, we desire to create lasting and genuine communal relationships where climate justice advocacy is built from the ground up in an equity-centered and community-led way.

We are the Generations that MUST ACT!