The climate crisis is immense; we must be daring and courageous in response. We embrace experiments and new solutions, recognizing that this crisis requires innovative ways of solving problems.
We believe that everyone has something to bring to the table to help achieve transformational change. That means bringing people together and building diverse coalitions of students, workers, human rights and social justice groups, marginalized communities, faith groups, universities, and business owners.
The fight against climate change is a fight for justice. People all over the world are feeling the impacts, but the people suffering most are the ones who have done the least to cause the problem. Solutions to the climate crisis must center principles of justice and must not unfairly burden underserved communities.
We seek to guarantee fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement while at the same time striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of historically underserved and under-represented populations.
We want to provide a space for ALL South Dakotans to work toward a sustainable future, regardless of background, beliefs, disability, race, marital status, gender identity, age, or national origin. We welcome the perspective of individuals from all walks of life - rural and urban, Native American and immigrant, young and old - seeking to learn from our elders and listen to our youth.
We seek to create a respectful and welcoming environment in which any individual or group can feel supported and valued to fully participate and bring their full, authentic selves.
Transparency and Accountability
We are accountable to each other, to the people and groups we collaborate with, and to those impacted by our work. To ensure the integrity of our work, we strive to be transparent and open while respecting everyone's right to privacy.
Touchstones for Action
We seek to collaborate, not compete. We work to form alliances and create coalitions that can act as a broad base of support for climate solutions.
Climate change affects everyone - and everyone can be a part of the solution. We believe that to develop lasting climate solutions, we must reach out across differences and bring diverse perspectives to the table.
We prioritize actions that lead to real and meaningful change. We set goals with tangible, measurable outcomes that will make a difference in our communities.