Richard MabionParticipantMarch 17, 2021 at 4:35 pmPost count: 2
Author: Richard Mabion (IP address: 126.96.36.199, 136-35-19-148.googlefiber.net)
I feel I was born to be involved with this group of educational professionals.
Because the subjects that I represent in life are the ones Ph.D. Carter Woodson was talking about in 1933 book, “The Miseducation of the Negro”, I have had no choice but find the way to educate myself. But it wasn’t until I entered the environmental & conservation world in 2007 that I found that miseducated equation being a major factor with the majority population too. Without going into details with these comments, I will just say; the following statement from a Project Drawdown Vice-President, is my proof that what I was able to teach myself, as a Citizen Participation Specialist during the Civil Rights days of the seventies and eighties, in St. Louis, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas, has provided me with a winning methodology in the Climate Change world for reaching what has been named the untapped market.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN!
In order to sufficiently reduce concentrations of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere and limit the rise of average global temperatures that causes climate change, existing solutions must be scaled at ambitious rates. This scaling of solutions will require the adoption of solutions at aggressive and ambitious rates and widespread engagement of leadership and the public.
At the same time, there is a widespread failure to recognize, validate, support, and fund climate leadership arising outside the dominant western culture and in poor communities. To remedy this, there must be a recognition that effective climate engagement may not conform to the norms of the dominant culture, allowing the involvement of millions of people whose capacity for changing the world for the better is untapped.
Richard Mabion is working toward developing an untapped segment of climate leadership, solution advocates, and solution implementers. Over a decade ago, Mr. Mabion committed himself to address the absence of people of color in US climate change organizations and interest groups. Along the way, he developed a methodology for 1) engaging low-income black people in the inner city of Kansas City to adopt climate solutions while 2) fostering multi-racial partnerships. Rather than simply lamenting the lack of racial solidarity in the climate movement, Mr. Mabion’s methodology allows for action toward racial solidarity. Mr. Mabion’s method has the potential to be replicated in low-income communities across the United States.
Vice President, Operations and Engagement
I consider my work The Practice of your 3 listed categories. To make sure we are on the same page both academically and culturally too. This is the definition I am using for the word Practice.
“the actual application or use of an idea, belief, or method, as opposed to theories relating to it.”
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