Spread across 23 states, Aa’s leaders reside in communities impacted by multiple, un-natural disasters including flooding, wildfires, and air and water pollution, all compounded by reckless development and climate change. The consequence is shattered lives and a devastated environment.
Anthropocene Alliance was launched in 2017 to help unite impacted communities and strengthen their resistance to bad development, government inaction and public ignorance. Linked by research, solidarity, and knowledge born of experience, our frontline leaders have brought national visibility to their struggle for climate justice. Supported by outstanding partner organizations that contribute expertise in hydrology, public health, engineering, planning, and the law, Aa leaders have successfully halted developments in flood prone areas; implemented nature-based, hazard mitigation strategies; organized home buyouts; and pushed for clean-ups at superfund sites, toxic landfills, and petrochemical plants.
We support everyone we can, but our special priority is low-income, Black, Latinx, Native American and other underserved communities.
Here are some of our achievements:
- We’ve grown to 70 members, 64% of whom are underserved communities. 80% are led by women.
- Almost half have been matched with pro bono scientists and legal expertise. The value of that support is now $743,000, and counting.
- This year, sixteen of our grassroots leaders met with their members of congress; many have attended multiple meetings.
- We’ve helped raise funds for over 40% of our members — including $13 million for Rosewood Strong (Horry County, SC) to pay for the buy-out 60 flooded homes.
- Six Aa communities and their cities have been matched with U.S. Army Corps Silver Jacket engineers to receive floodplain management assistance. Two more have been matched with planners and engineers from the National College Sea Grant program.
- In the last few months, we’ve helped seven of our community leaders draft proposals to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s National Coastal Resilience program, and Five Stars and Urban Water program. The grant applications range from $50,000 to 250,000. (We are optimistic, but keep your fingers crossed.)
- And we are still growing! We expect to have more than 100 grassroots leaders by the end of 2021,
Our newest initiative, Vision/Action 2025, will direct more than $60 million of federal, state and foundation support to 30, low-income, Black, Latinx, and Native American communities in order to buttress climate change resilience. Our initiative is also intended to highlight the need to change federal, state and municipal programs to make them more equitable.
*What’s in a name?
“Anthropocene” is the name of the epoch in geologic history when earth systems no longer follow their natural course but are directed by humans. Its geologic markers, found across the globe, consist of technofossils (industrial litter deposited by rivers and streams) and radionuclides (from atomic blasts). Before it is officially part of the geologic time scale, the name must be adopted by the International Union of Geological Sciences.
But regardless of its official acceptance, Anthropocene has entered our vocabulary. The reason is it summarizes what so many people have understood for two generations: that humans have changed for the worse the physical and biological nature of the planet. The degradation of air, water and soil, the disappearance of habitats and extinction of species, and the growing threat to human civilization itself, combine to make ours a perilous time.
The solution to the crisis is not obscure. It is simply humans acting in concert – in alliance – to protect vital air, water and land, and end the use of fossil fuels and other sources of global warming. Anthropocene Alliance was formed to advance this essential work of self and community transformation.
Illustration top: Giuseppe Pelizza da Volpedo, The Fourth Estate. Click to Learn more about this artwork.