Pittsburgh/Western PA Sessions

1:45 – 2:45 Urban Creation Care and Planting in Western PA
Christine GrazianoPlant 5 for Life and the Allegheny Land Trust
Tamara O’BrienThe Wild Ones
Creation care in urban, suburban and rural environments present many different challenges depending upon the site, orientation, ownership, permission, community buy-in, funding, etc.. As the available space for planting dwindles, the open spaces required to provide access to nature and healthy food options, preserve native habitat, and improve the quality of air, water and human life shrink as well. Since our presenters have varied backgrounds and perspectives, they will share information on how and why their organizations started; how they are working to increase green spaces and tree canopy in the region; how they are quantifying the results of their efforts; how their work is received by and is impacting the communities that they serve; how individuals and organizations can work with existing groups to improve or increase native vegetation on their own sites; how individuals and organizations can land bank, purchase land, or receive permission from the appropriate agencies to plant on existing sites; where we can find native plants and trees in our region; which natives work best for different purposes; and how their work ties into the broader regional, state, national and global issue of Climate Justice.

3:00 – 4:00 Advocacy in Action in Western PA
Dina “Free” BlackwellBlack Urban Gardeners and Farmers of Pittsburgh Coop
Isaac BunnThe Braddock Inclusion Project
An important part of authentic and sustainable climate justice advocacy is the connections and legitimization of efforts in a community. Such efforts must begin with grassroots, relational organizing to be truly impactful, inclusive and regenerative. The speakers in this panel will address how we can organize the human capitol and power necessary to effect real change. Rooted in their own history of organizing, this session will address the “how” of ethical community organizing: how they go the idea to start their organization and how they actually started; how their work is received by and is impacting the communities that they serve; and how their work ties into the broader regional, state, national and global issue of Climate Justice.