As an alliance working collectively to advance zero carbon buildings for all in Washington, it can be easy to focus on the “buildings” and not on the people who live in them. People matter. Black lives matter.
Equity is a core pillar of Shift Zero’s mission: How do we build a thriving, resilient community that works for all and is good for the planet? But we must also ask: Are the policy changes we pursue responsive to all communities? Are they protecting the health, the safety, and the prosperity of all communities? Specifically, are they improving black lives and communities?
As an alliance, we are only as strong as our members, and we can only advance if we are all taking steps forward. We welcome your thoughts and ideas as we work together to question and face our own prejudices and privilege, amplify Black voices, and do more to fight the injustices around us.
We know there is a lot to learn. Consider taking a few minutes every day to read, listen, and reflect. The below list is not intended to be comprehensive, but aims to continue the conversation.
Learn about and support Black-led organizations at the forefront of this work.
Movement 4 Black Lives
There Goes the Neighborhood
- The Stand: “We need for you to stand for us to breathe.” by April Sims Read
- FuseWA: "A Message for White Progressives" Read
- InsideClimate News: “As Protests Rage Over George Floyd’s Death, Climate Activists Embrace Racial Justice” Read
So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
For more suggestions, see this comprehensive evolving document on anti-racism resources, or, if you prefer a more tailored list, this scaffolded list.