SCCAN Mission Statement
The land on which we gather is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.”
A land acknowledgement is a statement that recognizes the history and presence of Indigenous peoples and their enduring relationship to their traditional homelands. Land acknowledgements help create awareness of the cultural erasure of Indigenous peoples and the processes of colonization and subjugation that have contributed to that erasure.
The land acknowledgement used at UC Santa Cruz was developed in partnership with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman and the Amah Mutsun Relearning Program at the UCSC Arboretum.
Santa Cruz Climate Action Network (SCCAN) seeks to address the current Climate Change Emergency, recognizing that failure to act quickly will have devastating effects on future generations of humans and other life forms.
- With that in mind our actions include public education and outreach, including monthly public meetings (except during shelter in place!)
- We pressed both the City Council and Board of Supervisors to adopt Emergency Climate Resolutions. details
- We “lobby” officials to encourage adoption of needed regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions , including electrification, and Climate – Smart agriculture support, carbon neutral target dates and Green New Deal plans.
- We also teach Climate Change in public schools and are involved in local teacher training. see our education pages – includes teacher resources, lessons including online lessons, powerpoints, videos etc.
- Public Communication includes posting events on the Community Calendar http://www.santacruzcommunitycalendar.org/, emailing approx. weekly event updates – also posted, appearing on or hosting local radio programs, attending and tabling at many educational/information events, and co-ordinating with other Climate Action groups.
- Membership in the City of Santa Cruz “Climate Action Task Force”
As of September 2017 we have 501(c)(3) status through the sponsorship of Santa Cruz Hub for Sustainable Living. tax ID #31-1748056
We are an independent group affiliated with 350.org. We received grants from 350.org in 2017 and 2019.
You can make donations to
- The Africa Climate Change Project
- Youth for Climate Justice
- Santa Cruz Climate Action Network
We include 350 Santa Cruz and have strong affiliations with Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), Sunrise Santa Cruz, Youth for Climate Justice, WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom), Bus-by-Choice, Campaign for Sustainable Transportation, Sierra Club, Santa Cruz Live Oak Grange, Ecology Action and others
We are all volunteers and operate in a flexible democratic manner with the only title roles that of treasurer and organizer. We try to make decisions by consensus, resorting to “super majority” when needed. We have very limited regular income and monthly meetings are covered by donations to the Live Oak Grange. Additional expenses for larger events are funded through requests to our email list. As noted above we’ve received 2 grants from 350.org
Even better Land acknowledgement
We stand on Holy Ground. This land on which we gather today is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe, where for thousands of years their people lived and worked, ate and slept, honored their creator and buried their dead. The Amah Mutsin Tribal Band, comprised of descendants of indigenous peoples taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma. We honor them as our sisters and brothers, as we gather today in the love of the Great Spirit, the one God who calls us to breathe as one.