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Blog: Inaugural People Planet First Summit

Manny Becerra as a child

October 2017

Climate change is real. Transitional politics is real. You know what else is real? Action. Action by marginalized communities, LGBTQ folk, people of color, and the poor who are most affected by policy, and the lack thereof. This past week, some of my teammates and community organizing allies — people I respect and am fortunate to have as community friends — fighting for environmental, racial and economic justice in Nevada, attended the Inaugural People Planet First Summit in Wakefield, Virginia.

Team photo in Wakefield, Virginia.

Team photo in Wakefield, Virginia while at the Inaugural People Planet First Summit.

The Summit was an opportunity for attendees to better understand what direct action they can take to help address the impact of climate change. The Summit was also setup to offer folks an opportunity to learn more about, and engage in, Movement Politics; effectively, moving away from Transactional Politics towards politics where the people elected are reflective of the actual people in the country (people of color, LGBTQ, women, etc.), that have shared life experiences and values, and will act on them.

Placing communities of color and other marginalized individuals at the center of the environmental movement is vital to successfully moving toward a sustainable, equitable future for everyone.

Team photo of PLAN, community organizers, and allies from throughout Nevada and the country during the First Water Tour of Nevada

PLAN, community organizers, and allies from throughout Nevada and the country during the First Water Tour of Nevada.

I am grateful to have opportunities to collaborate with these young, compassionate and fierce leaders, and be in a position through PLAN and the community to help support them in attending events, like the Inaugural People Planet First Summit. Placing communities of color and other marginalized individuals at the center of the environmental movement is vital to successfully moving toward a sustainable, equitable future for everyone. I'm looking forward to hearing more about their experience and reflections during their time at the Summit when they've returned and are settled-in.

Manny


I am human, a father, and a problem solver: a tech and people leader with a passion and proven track-record in building and leading compassionate, productive teams—remote and on-site—within a continuous learning culture. My teams and I champion usable, inclusive digital products and online experiences. My work, passion and intentions also intersect with advising small businesses and political campaigns, life-long learning, outdoor advocacy, community building, and uplifting others. Learn more about Manny