Disability Rights as a Climate Justice Issue

We went to Harrisburg to change the conversation on climate. Now we want to help start one on the oft-overlooked intersections between disability and climate justice. 

Jason Hallmark of Climate Reality started the conversation on July's Better Path Presents. We wanted him to speak on one of the panels at the Convergence, but Jason was diagnosed with MS in 2018 and he and his doctors didn't think it was advisable for him to travel to Harrisburg and attend a large public event. His personal journey has informed the work he now does to raise awareness of the intersections of disability and climate justice and affect change. Watch his presentation here.

These resources were mentioned in the chat. We'll continue links to add to this list as we learn of them.

Community Response Website - https://www.ready.gov/cert

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. 

Care Income Now - https://globalwomenstrike.net/careincomenow/

The Global Women’s Strike and Women of Colour GWS, which have campaigned for financial recognition for unwaged caring work for decades, have joined with the Green New Deal for Europe to urge governments everywhere to provide a Care Income, starting now. This would prioritize and support the work of all those, of every gender, who care for people, for the urban and rural environment, and for the natural world.

Special Books by Special Kids - https://www.youtube.com/c/SpecialBooksbySpecialKids

Starting in 2016, SBSK is now a 501(c)3 organization that seeks to normalize the diversity of the human condition under the pillars of honesty, respect, mindfulness, positivity and collaboration. This multi-media movement supports the acceptance and inclusion of all members of the neurodiverse/disability community regardless of diagnosis, age, race, religion, income, sexual orientation, gender or gender expression.

If you'd like more information, please contact Jason Hallmark at jason.hallmark@climatereality.com.

If you'd like to suggest resources we can add to our page, please contact Jason at the address above or Karen Feridun at karen@betterpathcoalition.org.