“Energizing Justice” can be interpreted on many levels. The event focuses both on energizing social justice movements and energy justice. For our 22nd Annual Forum and Festival, we will share and reflect on the methods and ideals that keep us energized in the fight for more equitable and just communities and societies.
We draw energy from grassroots movements that use an array of organizing tactics including emerging technologies such as online activism and drones to increase awareness and transparency of injustices. These movements have allowed local grassroots initiatives to connect with others to create larger global movements, including #NODAPL, Tó Nizhóní Ání, #MeToo, #LoveWins, Black Lives Matter, and #MMIWG2S. We are looking for presenters and workshops that help activists re-energize for the many fights ahead.
This event will also focus on the ways that energy systems and social justice are deeply intertwined. Energy systems are undergoing a massive transition, creating new opportunities, as well as potentially new burdens, for communities that are engaging in energy planning for more sustainable, resilient, and healthy futures for everyone. Communities across the world are grappling with dwindling freshwater sources and rising energy prices. While climate summits have attempted to pressure legislation to address changing energy needs through new laws and policies that focus on the effects of energy practices on marginalized communities, local efforts to change energy practices are critical for addressing systemic injustices.
We would like to hear from energy activists who are promoting and designing new ways of organizing for new energy relationships and systems, including ways to save energy, and create energy more sustainably (including in food, water, and waste systems).
We want to emphasize the arts as a vehicle for activism and action by welcoming a variety of multi-media workshops and embodied experiences. We seek engaging panelists and speakers, skill share workshops, and displays in our tabling area to share ideas about grassroots organizing, energy justice and beyond. We are especially welcoming to workshops organized for and by children and youth!
Please submit your proposal through our website: localtoglobal.org/call-for-proposals/
Proposals are due by November 15, 2022
Note: All panels and workshops will take place on Saturday, February 25, 2023. Due to limited time and space, we will prioritize presentations/workshops that most closely align with our theme of “Energizing Justice” this year!