The Itom Ae Principle
The short-term goal of the Itom Ae Principle is to educate the general public, businesses, and organizations on the environmental and economic benefits of energy conservation in order to combat the issues of climate change at a local level.
The long-term goal is transition off the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources through the elimination of coal-fired power plants and creation of solar/wind farms; to transition coal and power plant workers to the renewable energy job market; and to address the impacts of sea level rise through the implementation of green infrastructure.
Our coalition works to educate and encourage local municipalities to pass local ordinances/resolutions addressing a declaration of a climate emergency and the rights of nature bill of rights. The rights of nature bill of rights campaign initiative includes a referendum being placed on our local ballot through the gathering of petitions.
As part of our “Fighting climate change by planting one tree at a time” campaign we work with the local school district and City’s Parks and Recreation Department planting trees in city parks. Students from nearby schools are engaged in the process.
We are part of the Plastic Pollution Coalition. We have a strong plastic free program that has spurred the elimination of plastic straw use and reduction of single-use plastic bags and bottles. The use of plastics is a contributor to the climate change emergency because it is estimated that about 12 million barrels of oil a year are used in making of just plastic bags (manufactured from feedstock) with an average American throwing away about 10 bags a week.
We are actively engaged with the general public, government, businesses, environmental organizations, marginalized and LGBTTQQIAAP communities, youth groups, agriculture, and faith-based groups.
The Fighter League
Mary Gutiérrez selected to promote climate justice in Gulf South
Oakland, Calif. – Pensacola climate activist Mary Gutierrez has been selected to join a new Fighter League pilot program designed to promote climate justice in the Gulf South.
The Fighter League, a grant award and year-long mentorship program for women of color funded by The Solutions Project and the Movement Strategy Center, will initially award $60,000 in grants to support six recipients who lead climate-justice efforts in the Gulf South states.
“Communities of color in the South, especially women leaders, are banding together to fight climate change; build local, homegrown solutions; and promote a clean energy future,” said Solutions Project Director of Investments Rudi Navarra. “The will is there. The know-how and the talent are there. The only thing standing in the way is a shortage of resources. The Fighter League pilot program is designed to change that,” Navarra said.
In addition to serving as executive director of Earth Ethics, Inc., Mary Gutierrez is co-founder with Jayeesha Dutta of Another Gulf is Possible, a women-of-color-led collaborative using the arts, cultural organizing, direct action, and policy advocacy to create vibrant communities, sustainable ecosystems, and just economies from the Gulf South to the Global South. One of her colleagues at Another Gulf is Possible, Jayeesha Dutta, was also selected to participate in the Fighter League program.
Gutierrez and the other Fighter League members will participate in leadership development training, with a particular focus on skills that will advance their collaboratives’ work in a way that’s consistent with feminine leadership principles. Actor Mark Ruffalo co-founded The Solutions Project, and he and actor Don Cheadle serve on the organization’s board together.
The Florida Climate Pledge
I acknowledge that the earth’s climate is changing, and that human activity is the primary cause. Our changing climate is a threat multiplier to our economy, our health, our security, and our overall well-being. I stand united with a coalition of concerned Floridians to protect our planet by supporting resolutions that address mitigation and adaptation strategies throughout our great state.
I pledge to support:
Initiatives that will move us off fossil fuels and achieve a just transition to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050.
Climate resilience efforts including planning and zoning, transportation, housing, emergency preparedness, and sea level rise adaptation development.
The involvement of all communities in decision-making, especially our most underserved, as we build a resilient Florida for current and future generations.
Climate change mitigation strategies that incorporate the highest standards of environmental technology for promoting energy, water efficiency, and sustainability.
I pledge to protect Florida’s:
Coastlines from offshore drilling to safeguard our beautiful beaches that provide quality of life and sustain our tourism industry.
Oceans, which we rely on for our fishing industry.
Freshwater supplies which are already vulnerable to saltwater intrusion and would be even more threatened by fracking.
Clean air by supporting measures that regulate harmful air pollutants that impact our health.
The Everglades, because it sustains 8 million people and countless species that call this ecosystem home.
I join the call for collective adaptation and mitigation efforts through strong environmental policies and resilience measures that are based on climate science. Today, we look to the future and we embrace these challenges as an opportunity to preserve quality of life for all of us living and vacationing in our great sunshine state.
Let’s Protect Florida! Learn more at https://floridaclimatepledge.org/
U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris
Earth Ethics, Inc. Executive Director traveled to Paris in 2015 to be part of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. She was able to meet with people from other States and Nations in discussions on how we can all become actively engaged in addressed climate change locally and globally. This work is ongoing.
Earth Action is working with numerous regional, national, and global organizations on the issue of climate change, including sea level rise, storm water, food security and numerous other climate change related issues. We are working for legislative change as well as the implementation of programs to address these issues.