The People's Climate March, the Economy, and Policy Making
01:40 Vernice Miller Travis is introduced. 02:14 Vernice tells about the Climate March. 04:50 Vernice gives her thoughts regarding the amount of press coverage of the Climate March. 07:23 Vernice describes the impacts of the various recent marches. 10:55 Is there evidence of impact on the direction the government is taking? 12:13 Vernice shares if there will be a change for various groups who have overlapping agendas but who don’t work well together. 16:58 Are we doing enough to overcome “tribalism”? Or are we working with other “tribes” just because it’s expedient? 25:35 Mike speaks about the modern economy. 26:48 Vernice talks about the possibility of future climate marches.
Infinite Earth Radio Co-host Vernice Miller Travis is a nationally recognized expert in brownfields redevelopment, community revitalization, collaborative problem solving, multi-stakeholder design and planning and environmental justice.
Her interests have focused on economic and environmental restoration and the inclusion of low-income, people of color and indigenous communities in environmental and economic decision making at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. Vernice enjoys listening to and singing gospel music, visiting her family in the Bahamas, traveling with her husband, and eating Maryland blue crabs and barbecue.
“There’s an initiative that is training young people, particularly young women of color, to run for elective office…it’s really to get a new generation of people engaged in the electoral process and to really put themselves out there, because a lot of the hard-core politics of our country, particularly the electoral national politics, have really rubbed a lot of people the wrong way and really pushed a lot of good people away from ever thinking that they may run for office, whether it’s a local school board or a county council or a planning commission or, certainly, any higher office than that. People like, ‘I don’t want to be a part of that;’ but if they’re not a part of that, you get folks in office, making decisions that actually adversely hurt people.”
“You cannot continue to operate and try to affect national policy by representing the top 10% of wage earners and mostly affluent and middle-class white communities—-those are not the only communities in the United States—-and if you want to have broad-based impact, you’ve really got to reach a much broader, much deeper constituency that really is activating and doing things and trying to drive change in their local communities.”
“We talk about shutting down coal-fired power plants, but I don’t hear any environmentalists talking about what happens to the people who work in the power plants, or who work feeding the stock digging the coal.”