Day 10

Social Justice

SPONSORED BY DR. BRONNER’S

OVERVIEW

“Keep believing. Keep marching. Keep building. Keep raising your voice. Every generation has the opportunity to remake the world. Mandela said, ‘Young people are capable when aroused of bringing down the towers of oppression and raising the banners of freedom.'”  – Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States

Does the quantity, intensity and magnitude of global challenges facing our planet right now feel overwhelming?

Racial injustice, gender inequality, food insecurity, failing healthcare, lack of access to education, gun violence, a broken criminal justice system, immigration crackdowns, and countless more issues plague our society, disproportionately affecting the most vulnerable among us. The magnitude and severity of such massive problems, many of which are interconnected, can feel stifling and inactionable.

A root cause of all suffering comes from how we treat one another and our shared communities and earth. To heal our planet, we must first heal ourselves. With compounding injustices surrounding us daily, addressing problems may appear futile — but it is not. So where to start? 

Inform yourself. Once you become aware, then you can begin to identify and tackle injustices in your own life, on campus and across communities. Only from a place of knowledge can one push back against systemic oppression and hatred. 

Join a movement or start one. Speak up and show up for the issues you care about. Go to marches, sign petitions, call your representatives and tell them to support policies to ensure equal rights for all. Use your social media platforms to call out injustice when you see it. Don’t be afraid to raise your voice! If there is an issue about which you are passionate, find an organization or movement that is addressing it in your community. If that does not yet exist, start one!

Voting with your dollar is another way to support good causes in a sustainable, large-scale way. As Anna Lappe said, “Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” Today’s partner, Dr. Bronner’s, donated nearly $9 million in 2018 alone to a variety of social causes, ranging from drug policy reform to wage equality and regenerative agriculture.

There are countless incredible, impactful global movements fighting for justice: 

The Black Lives Matter movement has been a powerful force for raising awareness around the violence inflicted on black communities. There are chapters globally, spreading a message of equality and opportunity for all. 

Global protests like the Women’s March have brought millions together in support of equal rights for all. The goal of the Women’s March is to dismantle systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and build inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity and respect. 

The Equality Federation is the movement builder and strategic partner to state-based organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals and communities. Partnering with local entities, they work to ensure empowerment, representation and full equality for people who identify as LGBTQ+.

The March for our Lives movement was founded by students who survived the Parkland Shooting, and has mobilized millions around comprehensive gun control. Youth are rallying around this issue and are demanding change because their lives sadly depend on it. Enough!

Families Belong Together works with organizations representing Americans from all backgrounds to fight family separation and promote dignity, unity, and compassion for all children and families.

Whatever issue you take on, never stop fighting for justice and a better world!

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

 

 

THINK

VOTE! One of the most important ways that you can help to create a more just society is by using your power as a citizen to vote (while encouraging others to do the same!) and elect leaders who stand for and take action around real justice. 

CHALLENGE

If you are a US Citizen, register to VOTE here. If you are under 18, you can still go through the steps to register, so you are ready when you come of age.

Write a short reflection on the topic of voting. Is voting important to you? Do you feel you can make a difference? What is one issue that matters to you specifically? (200 words or less)

If you are not a US Citizen, tell us about voting in your country. Who can vote? How do you vote? Are you able to vote? Are you registered to vote? When is your next election? Is voting important to you? What is one issue that matters to you specifically? (200 words or less)

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF Document with your responses. Include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

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The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greener

40 POINTS

THINK

Nothing changes unless YOU do. The power of people is not to be underestimated — and sometimes, the moment calls for us to take to the streets in support (or opposition) of issues facing our communities, people and world. 

CHALLENGE

Start by watching this short video of young activist, Jamie Margolin, discussing the intersectionality of social justice and climate change.

Think of a sign you would take to a march, rally or protest. Decide on a social justice issue that matters deeply to you and declare your stance. Consider word choice, imagery, even puns, because you want to catch people’s eyes and move them to act. If you are seeking inspiration about themes, look through Green America’s Voices for Justice, which includes stories of local and national leaders fighting for social justice and the earth. Now, MAKE IT! 

  • Your sign can say anything, be made of anything, speak to any topic that is relevant to you, your passions, identity, campus, values!
  • Once finished, take a photo of you proudly holding your sign in a public place! Did anyone ask you what you are doing? Share a short reflection on how you felt standing up for what you believe in publicly.
  • Post that photo with a caption about WHY this social justice issue matters to you on social media. Don’t forget to tag @turninggreenorg and use #PGC2019.

BONUS POINTS: If you go to a march, rally or protest before October 30 AND bring this sign with you, take photos and videos. Email to info@turninggreen.org with a description of the day’s events.

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF with your responses. Include a screenshot of your social media post. Include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school. 

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
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  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • Link to images, if possible
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2019
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

THINK

We continually observe, experience and hear about injustices committed against people, species and planet. We have conversations daily with friends, family and peers across classrooms, workplaces, and dinner tables wherein we share feelings about seemingly insurmountable challenges that affect our lives, campuses and communities.

CHALLENGE

When you look across your campus and your community, do you observe any social injustices? It may be something you don’t know how to address, a concept you want to further explore, or an issue that resonates with you at this moment in time — whether it impacts, targets or relates to you directly or indirectly. (We all need allies!)

Whatever you are thinking about, share thoughts and observations. Choose up to three social injustices you observe on your campus or in your community. Write about the following for each:

  • Tell us who and what it impacts, and why that matters to you here and now. 
  • How you might become engaged and active around these issues? What is already happening – is there a group, club or nonprofit addressing it?
  • Reflect on how these issues in your local community or campus link to injustices happening globally. 

Share your response with a maximum of 1000 words.

DELIVERABLES

Upload a PDF Document with your responses. Include your name (or team name), username, email address, and school.

Submission Guidelines

  • If you do not see an upload button, you need to log in
  • Submit all entries as PDFs; no Word or Pages documents
  • Be sure to include all content for your submission in one document
  • Save filenames using the following format: firstname_lastname_challengeday_challengelevel_year.pdf (ex: kasie_shils_day1_green_2019.pdf)
  • Do not include # or spaces in filenames
  • Do not upload a file larger than 5 MB
  • Link to images, if possible
  • You will see a confirmation in green that your submission uploaded correctly; if you do not see this confirmation, please try again
  • If your total points does not change, your submission did not load correctly, please try again
  • Send any questions to info@turninggreen.org
  • Don’t forget to post about the challenge and your learnings/doings on social media and tag us on Facebook @TurningGreen, on Twitter @TurningGreenOrg, and on Instagram @TurningGreenOrg and use #PGC2019
The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

TODAY’S PRIZES

Up to 10 Greener and 10 Greenest of the most outstanding submissions will be chosen as winners and awarded prize points to redeem in the PGC Prize Store. Greener wins = 75 prize points, Greenest wins = 100 prize points. Check the Winners page to see if you’re selected!

5 submissions will be randomly selected to receive:

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Dr. Bronner’s Toothpaste
Dr. Bronner’s Lip Balm
Dr. Bronner’s Chico Bag
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Guayaki Yerba Mate Drink
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