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The Young People's Just Transition Project will gather 8 young change-makers to critically address the largest crises of our time. Each participant will be working with an organization in Philadelphia on issues like migration, food justice, education, healing, and climate change. As they apprentice with established organizations, they'll also be forming a community together to push each other, collaborate, find connections between the issues, and--most importantly--craft plans to weave these struggles together over time.
These different issues will be anchored in the vision of a just transition--a path forward from the ecologically and socially unsustainable present, to a just and vibrant future.
We are so excited about the group of students that we're bringing together. All of them bring different life stories, political backgrounds, and priorities to the work.
As young people, we understand that the old ways of dividing "issues" won't work for us. It's clear that climate change, economic exploitation, racism, patriarchy and other oppressions are intimately connected, and must be addressed together. Call it intersectionality, or common sense. This is what the Young People's Just Transition Project is all about. And it's just the beginning of Maypop's work to navigate this time of transition.
Where your money will go
We've already raised money for materials and our expenses in putting on the project. Your donations will sponsor the participants' living expenses. Each of them needs $2,500--$1,500 for rent, $500 for food, and $500 for everything else. If we meet our $10,000 goal, it will fully sponsor four participants.
The Maypop Collective for Climate and Economic Justice is Zein, Alexa, Hannah, Sachie, Dinah and Will. We're young, but we've had the awesome opportunity to get serious movement-building experience at a young age.
As students at Swarthmore College, we founded the first fossil fuel divestment campaign three years ago. Since then, the divestment movement has become a worldwide phenomenon, with hundreds of active campaigns. We have worked tirelessly to make the divestment movement a place for intersectional analysis, coalition building, and leadership development.
We founded the Maypop Collective to continue working for just solutions to the ecological and economic crises of our time. Visit us at maypopcollective.org.