News from Anthropocene Alliance
Catch up on the stories you may have missed about our actions and intiatives.
What is a “Catalyst for Change”?
August 2018. You’ve probably heard the phrase before; it’s become a cliché. But we want to introduce you to some real-life catalysts for change: our Flood Forum USA group leaders! Here’s what they’ve done:
Our new Board members are:
Imaginative, but with feet on the ground.
Original, but steeped in history and science
Youthful, but with tons of experience
Connected, to those who matter: people and communities (and animals too), hurt by environmental abuse and climate change. Read about our new board members.
Flood Survivors United!
Available to tell their stories. Contact them!
June 2018. For the first time in U.S. history, thousands of flood survivors from across the U.S. have united to protest persistent flooding and the devastation it causes. More than 25,000 people from a dozen U.S. states have now come together in local alliances called Flood Forums. These in turn, have been united into a growing, national network called Flood Forum USA. The founder and ringleader of FFUSA is a 53-year-old British lady named Harriet Festing. “These are smart and energetic people, many of them poor, and they all deserve to be heard,” Harriet says. “While there are lots of worthwhile government and charitable initiatives, they often don’t reach the folks worst affected by flooding. It’s a national problem getting worse due to climate change.” Read the full press announcement.
she's got nowhere to go
April 2018. Environmental justice activist and flood survivor, Hilton Kelley, talks to local flood survivors in his hometown, Port Arthur, Texas - and pleas for help from local, state and federal government. Flood Forum USA is working with Hilton to help residents.
"We don't get much assistance at all"
March 2018. We met with flood survivor activists Beth Butler and Gwendolyn Adams of 'A Community Voice' in New Orleans, LA.
Beth and Gwen gave us a tour of the Lower Ninth Ward which was so badly affected by flooding after Hurricane Katrina, and discussed the challenges they are facing now. Through our initiative, Flood Forum USA, we are currently matching A Community Voice up with pro bono scientists to help residents understand where they should be focusing their advocacy efforts.
flooding and the g-word
13 March 2018: I just got a lesson in flooding and gentrification. And it was ugly.
“Gentrification” means changing a neighborhood from working class to middle class, and from Black or Latino to white. It’s generally considered the result of educated, urban pioneers looking for affordable housing wherever they can find it, and the unfortunate, but unintended consequences that follow. In fact, it’s much more insidious. And many of you -- flood survivors and Flood Forum leaders – have experienced it yourselves. Here’s one story about gentrification in Pensacola, Florida.
you did it!
21 February 2018: Because of your calls and letters, the US Senate stripped the poison pill from the Disaster Relief package that was just signed into law. That provision would have gutted funding for the Hazard Mitigation Grants Program, which pays for buy-outs and home elevation.
> Successes from Flood Forum USA.
WE WANT YOU TO BE A VEGAN LEADER!
22 January 2018: "Cooperation and commitment— those are the words that best describe the mood of our first convening of grass roots, vegan leaders. Everyone participating in the video conference cared about animal suffering, human health, and the fate of the planet". Read more.
CAN YOUR DIET FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE?
Humans could cut as much as 30 percent of the earth’s greenhouse gas emissions if they would abstain from livestock-derived products.
FIRST EVER NATIONAL CONVENING OF FLOOD SURVIVOR GROUPS
Flood Forum USA launches “SPOUT!” to combat bad planning, corruption and climate change.
December 20, 2017. Leaders of flood survivor groups from 15 cities and 9 states met last week to share stories, offer support and plan ways to reduce flooding and combat climate change.
Their slogans are “Organize or Drown” and “I Flood and I Vote!” and they want to be heard by politicians and developers from across the country. The leaders were brought together by Harriet Festing, head of Flood Forum USA, and director of Anthropocene Alliance, a Chicago-based non-profit launched last Spring. They call their gatherings SPOUT! and have started a Facebook group for dozens of other flood survivors and flood group leaders. Read press release.
Major Award to Help Flood Forum USA
Grant from Kresge Foundation called “transformative” by FFUSA Director Harriet Festing
November 20, 2017. Flood Forum USA, an initiative of the non-profit Anthropcene Alliance, has received a three-year, $350,000 grant from The Kresge Foundation
Recognized for its “capacity building” efforts, FFUSA will use the funding to accelerate its outreach to minority and economically disadvantaged communities across the US affected by flooding.
Powerful hurricanes and record breaking rainfalls in Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico and Louisiana in 2017 brought the issue of flooding and climate change to the attention of millions of Americans ... Read full press release.
Chicago, once a swamp, also could be walloped by a catastrophic flood.
Stephen F. Eisenman
September 1st, 2017. The catastrophic flooding in Houston has been called “biblical” in scale, but unlike the Great Flood, it was widely predicted.
Houston homeowner prepares for Hurricane Harvey.
August 25, 2017. The homeowner says "Sharing ideas of what we did today and praying to the heavens above: 18K lbs of sand bags $2250, 2mm waterproof barriers $450, trucks to deliver $459, Gorilla tape $110, labor to install $1400, $130 drain routers, then there's the tear down labor. We hope and pray, that it works."
grassroots flood groups demand action.
August 10, 2017. Across the US, flood survivors are forming grassroots groups to support each other and demand action against environmental abuse and climate change. Help us get their voices heard.
Partnering with the Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX), American Geophysical Union
July 12, 2017. Thanks to our partnership with TEX, nine Flood Groups from across the US are now benefitting (pro bono) from the services of hydrologists who will help them develop Flood Action Plans.
HOW TO GET POLITICIANS TO DO THINGS FOR YOU
June 10, 2017. People sometimes ask: “Why don’t elected politicians hear us?” Flood Forum has produced a brief guide is intended to make sure they do. If you follow its three guidelines, you won’t always get what you want, but at least you’ll have a fighting chance.