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Earth Team stands firmly with our communities in condemning the murder of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis. The official autopsy has confirmed that the manner of his death was homicide. We condemn all forms of violence and demand that our political leaders take concrete actions to end police brutality, racism and systemic injustice. We support the movement to hold the American justice system accountable for the many crimes and atrocities committed against Black individuals in this country. This has to end.
We stand with our student-interns, staff, community members, and partners in the Bay Area to demand this change. We are committed to support our staff and the high school students that participate each year in our internships in developing a just and equitable program that teaches respect and understanding for cultural diversity and helps detect and combat all forms of racism in our thoughts and actions.
As environmental educators, we understand that environmental justice and racial justice are deeply interconnected. Environmental injustice and racism impacts the daily lives and health of our Black and Latinx neighbors here in Richmond and Oakland at disproportionate rates, further perpetuating inequality in our communities. Where you live often determines how healthy you can be. We are firmly dedicated to make environmental justice a central part of our mission, our vision and our values.
As a publicly owned, non-profit organization, Earth Team will continuously re-examine how we serve our communities in just and equitable ways. We will educate our staff and the young people who participate in our programs in celebrating cultural diversity and in putting an end to racism. We will amplify Black voices and we will give Black scientists and leaders, young and old, a strong voice in our programs. We will listen and learn with humility from all the communities of color that we proudly serve.
Black Lives Matter
Signed: The Earth Team Staff and Board of Directors
Dear Earth Team participants, families, and supporters:
Due to the March 16th Order of the Health Officers of six Bay Area counties to shelter in place, we have postponed all in person Earth Team events. Earth Team continues to closely monitor developments with the situation and is following recommendations from the State of California, Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, and local school districts. We will continue to communicate directly with program participants and post updates to our webpage as the situation evolves. As always, our priority is to keep everyone safe, healthy, and calm in light of all that is happening.
Currently, all Earth Team events have either been postponed or moved to virtual platforms. Weekly meetings will be held remotely, and these virtual meetings will be held using platforms such as Go To Meeting, Zoom, Skype, and Hangouts.
As this situation continues to develop, we will communicate frequently with participants and post updates on our website. In the meantime, if any questions arise do not hesitate to reach out to Joelle Alley, Program Director.
Wishing health to all,
(844) 704 – 4030 ext. 3
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Earth Team programs empower urban youth to become lifelong environmental stewards. Students implement action projects that provide active learning about environmental science. They engage in peer-to-peer education activities, sharing their school-based service-learning projects with other students. EarthTeam’s leadership opportunities promote pathways to college and environmental science and technology careers.