Climate in Los Angeles / Orgs

This page is about groups of people in LA preparing for big changes and preventing more climate damage.

1. LA’s local climate movement wants action now.

1.1 LA’s local climate movement goes on climate strikes.

1.2 Climate Extinction LA gets media attention.

1.3 Sunrise Movement LA mobilizes for direct action.

2. Climate Orgs in LA have diverse roles and are very productive.

2.1 Los Angeles Regional Collaborative is about climate planning.

2.2 Regional Adapt LA coordinates coastal infrastructure.

2.3 Path to Positive LA is about climate communication.

2.4 Citizens’ Climate Lobby LA is good at media too.

2.5 350 Climate Action LA works on structural fixes.

2.6 Orgs’ news and events go here.

1. LA’s local climate movement wants action now.

1.1 LA’s local climate movement is fueled by thousands of angry students holding massive Climate Strikes.

Climate Strikes in Los Angeles are mass rallies made up of Los Angeles 712th grade students and local climate action groups. Climate Strikes are the worldwide expansion of 16-year old Greta Thunberg’s one-person protests every Friday in her hometown during 2018. LA’s November 2019 Climate Strike event featured Thunberg at LA’s City Hall speaking to thousands of very serious youth activists.

Colorfully dressed students with placards take over a downtown LA street shouting slogans and demanding climate justice for their doomed generation

Young people in LA want oil wells and oily politicians out. They’re upset with City officials who let oil companies drill for oil in LA neighborhoods.

A big goal of Climate Strikes everywhere is to oust politicians who don’t move to quickly phase out carbon fuels. Some of LA’s youth activists and their friends will be old enough to vote in the 2020 U.S. and local elections.

1.2 Climate Extinction LA gets instant press coverage.

In September 2019, Climate Extinction protestors forced Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard to close down. LA Police at the scene deemed it a peaceful protest, arrested no one, but said the group didn’t have a permit. They did have precious moments of air-time on the evening news.

1.3 Sunrise Movement LA mobilizes direct enthusiasm.

Sunrise Movement LA organizes youth and young adults into “hubs” of climate awareness. Some hubs are entire high schools, colleges, and universities that can self-activate in big numbers when a mass public appearance is good strategery .

Major newspaper: LAtimes.com/california/story/2019-11-01/greta-thunberg-youth-climate-strike-planned-for-friday

Local blog: LAmag.com/citythinkblog/climate-change-protest-hollywood/

Org site: twitter.com/sunrisemvmtla?lang=en

2. Climate Orgs in LA are diverse and productive.

2.1 Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) is the hub of metro LA climate planning.

Cover of Greater LA's new climate Action Framework with pictures of the group's leaders

Los Angeles Regional Collaborative (LARC) coordinates climate planning and policy among the 88 cities of LA County.​ LARC assists on technical issues and helps local governments coordinate their climate policy and action plans.​

LARC’s science-based meta-planning document, A Greater Los Angeles Climate Action Framework covers strategies for energy, transportation, land use, water, public health, and coastal resources. LARC works from UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Started in 2007

photo: LARC Executive Director Laurel Hunt, Faculty Director Stephanie Pincetl, and Climate Action Associate Danna Creager

Org site: LAregionalcollaborative.com

2.2 Regional Adapt LA helps cities plan for resilient infrastructure.

Three women sitting around a table at the public library reviewing new maps of LA's coast and talking about what critical infrastructure needs to be upgraded

Rising tides and coastal erosion associated with the changing climate are already causing critical infrastructure issues to the LA area’s coastal power plants, sewage facilities and shipping ports. Floods and erosion threaten the region’s wide sandy beaches, coastal boardwalks, and beach commerce.​

The Regional Adapt LA project enables cities with coastal climate planning. Cities in the LA area get technical assistance via workshops and webinars. Regional Adapt LA has grown a “community of practice” among the municipal technocrati. Regional Adapt LA has been a project of the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program since 2014.

photo: Regional Adapt LA workshop participants coordinate their jurisdictions for coastal infrastructure projects. courtesy of Holly Rindge

Org site: dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/adaptla/

2.3 Path to Positive LA shows local leaders how to communicate about climate.

A woman in a meeting host jacket points out to a local pastor what things to look for in the group's new communications document

The concept of Path to Positive LA is to build a much broader public orientation toward climate – by focusing on mainstream leaders not typically associated with the environment. 

People follow trusted leaders like local officials, pastors, doctors, and teachers – folks who are part of people’s daily lives. Path to Positive LA shows these leaders effective ways to communicate about the Climate Emergency – with people in their sphere of influence.

Path to Positive’s Let’s Talk Climate: Messages to Motivate Americans (2015) distills the findings of 12 climate communications research studies into a concise, practical guide. Started in 2014

photo: Path to Positive LA’s job is to build local climate leadership. Here, a Path to Positive staffer helps a local pastor learn to communicate climate to his people. 

Org site: PathtoPositive.org/ & PathtoPositive.org/Moving-Forward-Guide

2.4 Citizens’ Climate Lobby LA is great at media too.

A local climate lobby volunteer posing giddily at the doorway of the United States senate

Citizens’ Climate Lobbyists build good relationships with local and federally elected representatives through letter-writing campaigns, phone calls, office visits, op-eds and letters-to-the-editors. The LA citizen lobbyists meet directly with editorial boards and get climate info placed in the Los Angeles Times, local TV news, and digital media. LA has three Citizens’ Climate Lobby chapters: Los Angeles Mid City, USC, and West Los Angeles. Started in 2007

photo: CCL LA nudges elected reps in friendly, proactive ways.​ Most of CCL’s lobbying activity takes place at the local level, but sometimes the volunteers pursue their representatives on capitol turf – Sacramento and even Washington DC.

Org site: CitizensClimateLobby.org

2.5 LA’s 350 Climate Action group made a big structural fix.

In 2018, SoCal 350 Climate Action successfully pushed the City of Los Angeles to stop doing business with Wells Fargo Bank. The behemoth bank has long been at the core of the economic superstructure that finances Big Carbon.​ Structural disruption, here in the area of Big Finance, forces Big Bank shareholders to think about cleaner ways to make money.

Even with its big win in LA, SoCal 350 Climate Action has a lot of work ahead. Between 2016 and 2019 – after the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement – 33 big banks loaned $2,000,000,000,000 (two trillion dollars) to the big coal, oil, and gas companies. This financing of climate change continues into the 2020s, despite the fact that carbon combustion is damaging the climate and everyone’s chance of survival.

Org site: SoCal350.org

Financial report card: ran.org/bankingonclimatechange2019/

Major newspaper: TheGuardian.com/environment/2019/oct/13/top-investment-banks-lending-billions-extract-fossil-fuels

2.6 Orgs’ news and events go here.

Local climate orgs: put news and events here. Local climate orgs are strikers, action groups, communicators, facilitators, associations, etc.