2019 Grants Challenge

Climate Uprising

1. Organize an LA Climate Town Hall to share stories (i.e. wildfires, drought, pollution, etc), concerns, learn about the climate crisis, solutions, & connect with officials, leaders & experts. 2. Spotlight Woolsey Wildfire survivors’ stories & ongoing recovery needs. Identify 20 compelling stories to share via 3. Train 20 young storytellers to help make short films to tell these 20 Woolsey Wildfire survivor stories.


Please list the organizations collaborating on this proposal.

Creative Visions

Briefly tell us a story that demonstrates how your organization turns inspiration into impact.

Climate Uprising began in response to the devastating California wildfires of 2018, continued denial of climate change, and tepid actions to fight it. Less than a month after the Camp Fire, we helped send a group of survivors to Washington D.C. to attend a National Town Hall on the Climate Crisis hosted by Bernie Sanders on Dec 3. The power of their stories shifted each room, and fueled resolve to take action.

The conversation continues, as we host a Paradise Town Hall on April 27th (with collaboration from the Sunrise Movement) so that more of the 52,000 displaced by the climate-fueled Camp Fire can speak with leaders and experts, and share their stories, needs, and concerns as part of the big picture conversation on solving the climate crisis.

We intend to give Los Angeles citizens the same platform to hear survivor stories, share stories, learn, and mobilize bold action on climate change.

Which of the LIVE metrics will your submission impact?​​

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Exposure to air toxins

Resilient communities

In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?​

County of Los Angeles

How will your project make LA the best place to LIVE?

* Partner with organizations like Creative Visions Foundation and the Malibu Foundation to connect with the community impacted by the Woolsey fire.

We are in touch with climate scientists and community leaders to create compelling content for the Town Hall.

We have helped organize events in the past, and will engage press and media opportunities for this event.

* The Town Hall services the entire LA community but will primarily focus on lower income Wildfire survivors and Angelenos being impacted by climate consequences (pollution, proximity to oil, fracking, waste facilities etc), which directly impacts under-served communities.

1. Grant Awarded:

* 1 Month to Build Partnerships for Town Hall and Story Telling Workshop

* Develop Content, messaging, branding

* Secure Venue

2. 2 Weeks to Promote event.

3. Town Hall Event.

4. Use Town Hall Event and buildup to find and identify stories to share.

5. 2-3 weeks to do the Story telling Workshop with Local Filmmakers.

6. 2 weeks, Pairing storytellers with stories.

6. 3-4 weeks to create short films.

Total Time? Roughly 15 weeks to complete the Town Hall, Story Training Workshop, and create 20 short films to connect the dots between the Woolsey Fire, the drought, and the climate crisis.

* We’ll connect concerned and impacted citizens with each other, leaders and experts to move the needle on climate action. We’ll create and proliferate a report based on ideas shared from experts, and questions from the Town Hall participants. We’ll generate powerful stories that are informed by the Town Hall to advocate for change and solutions that are informed by the experts at the Town Hall, and train young activists with the tools of storytelling. We’ll give those with powerful personal stories to share to a platform to communicate truth and spread solutions informed by the data shred by experts at the Town Hall.

In what stage of innovation is this project?​

Pilot project (testing a new idea on a small scale to prove feasibility)

Please explain how you will define and measure success for your project.​

Our goal is to inform and engage people locally with the issues and connect them with the resources and places to take action. We’ll measure this through:

1. Town Hall Attendance and engagement

2. An exit survey at the town hall assessing engagement in climate change and readiness to take action.

3. Enrollment numbers at Town Hall into our featured ballot initiatives, organizations and climate related volunteer work

4. Community feedback from the Town Hall

5. Quality of work of our trained storytellers, and their continuation of storytelling Social media metrics (followers, engagement, use of hashtag #climateuprising)

6. Metrics of engagement, views and shares of climate stories