Regeneration/Regeneración: Reporting on a Successful 2017 — and Big Plans for 2018!
Thanks to support from our dedicated volunteers, generous contributors, and forward- looking foundations, 2017 was a successful year for Regeneración!
And now we want to tell you about our plans for the coming year!
The commitment of Regeneración to justice and inclusion is attracting people throughout the Pajaro Valley to engage in conversation and participate in projects designed to help our community move together toward a resilient carbon free future.
Continuing our emphasis on empowering young Latinos, our 2017 project participants stepped up to lead our community forward.
- Creating locally-appropriate approaches to reducing climate emissions;
- Expanding awareness of how climate change affects everyone, especially those least able to move or change occupations as impacts increase;
- Gaining knowledge and skills for future work restoring the environment so all people can thrive in harmony with nature.
Here are some highlights from 2017:
Yadira Grajeda organized forty people to paint a mural in April depicting our vision of a joyful, connected, fossil free community under the artistic direction of Jaime Sánchez.
38 Video Academy Seniors at Watsonville High School researched and produced 10 short films in their culminating project called Living in a Changing Climate.
Recent High School graduate Maria Perez coordinated an environmental festival in July attended by 150 residents of her neighborhood called Healthy Children for a Healthy Planet before heading to UC Berkeley to study Society and the Environment.
We are pleased to see these early results of our approach to climate change - engaging those most vulnerable to climate change in finding ways our community can reduce emissions as well as cope with the changes already occurring.
Now we need your support for Regeneración's next phase.
A problem as big as climate change requires many, many minds to design many creative solutions.
To deepen our community's ability to tap its own creativity and leadership in response to climate change, our next phase is to conduct interviews with a cross-section of the Pájaro Valley's mostly-Latino low-income population. By talking directly with ordinary residents about reducing the causes and adjusting to the impacts of climate change in their daily lives, we expect to learn what projects would inspire the most participation and have the most local benefits.
To be sure our survey gets meaningful results, we have engaged with a professional survey consultant to oversee the survey's methodology and to assist in understanding its results. To keep the costs down, as well as to ensure cultural relevancy and to continue offering leadership development experiences, we're recruiting local bilingual community members, including high school and college students, to be trained to conduct the survey.
The survey is ready to go, and we are well on our way to meeting the budget so we can start the trainings and interviews. This is when you can make the most difference in supporting our work.
The survey's total cost is nearly $30,000. Regeneración has been fortunate over the past eighteen months in receiving contributions from individuals, businesses, and foundations (see our website for our thanks to these generous supporters!). For the survey project, we have $9,000 on hand, and proposals out for corporate and foundation grants to underwrite the consultant fees.
Now we need participation from community members like you to get us over the top - covering the costs of our survey teams, refreshments and small gifts to thank our interviewees for their time, and volunteer and logistical coordination for the survey.
Your contribution now will leverage our months of preparation and volunteer work to yield a better future for the people and environment of the Pájaro Valley.
We believe our community has the potential to unite and face the challenges of a changing climate. Regeneración's survey project will amplify voices too long unheard, as well as support new leadership from the community.
Thank you for joining with us to create a better future!