The Breaking Clean Tour
Breaking Clean's roots in public outreach are still very much a part of our organization today. When the opportunity arises, we set out to connect with communities across the nation to share knowledge, experiences, and understanding.
After a four-year hiatus, we are hitting the road again this summer.
Over the course of seven weeks we will be traveling 10,000 miles through 26 states looking to connect with groups and organizations along the way to learn, share, and build community. This year's theme is "Putting the 'Just' in Just Energy Transition".
As a "just energy transition" continues to prevail in conversations about climate change, especially among politicians, environmental organizations, and academic institutions, the potential exists for unrealistic assumptions to be made on what a just transition should entail. This tour will seek to provide lived perspectives about those who contend with limited economic options and foster more serious dialogues about the barriers working class communities face in achieving a practical and "just" energy transition. As with all of our work, we will continue to focus on communication as a means of breaking down the cultural and political divides that threaten progress toward a more sustainable future.
We are currently seeking venues and additional funding sources.
If you or your organization would be interested in connecting and/or hosting a presentation or workshop please send us an e-mail or fill out our contact form. Please refer to the itinerary below to see if we'll be in or near your area.
St. Louis & Kansas City - 6/5
Witchita, KS - 6/8
Denver, CO - 6/9
Kayenta/Navajo Nation/North Eastern AZ - 6/11 - 6/13
Bakersfield, CA - 6/14
Fresno, CA - 6/16
San Francisco, CA - 6/17-18
Portland, OR - 6/24
Vancouver, BC, Bellingham & Seattle, WA - 6/27 thru 7/3
Spokane, WA - 7/4
Missoula & Butte, MT - 7/5
Billings, MT - 7/8
Pine Ridge, SD - 6/10
Madison, WI - 7/13
Milwaukee, WI & Chicago, IL - 7/14
Detroit, MI - 7/16
Buffalo, NY - 7/17
Northern NJ - 7/18 thru 7/22
Philadelphia - Baltimore - DC 7/23
In 2016, after years of hard work and millions of dollars invested in environmental advocacy campaigns, marches, and protests, something strange happened. The political landscape of the nation shifted once again to support economics over environmental protection. Many people have been left wondering, what went wrong, and more importantly, how do we fix it?
Achieving environmental justice is not easy, especially when our country’s political landscape is torn between rural conservatism and urban liberalism. Until addressed, this divide, and the jobs vs. environment debate based upon it, will continue to limit our ability to build a broad-based movement capable of challenging powerful industries and their political allies. Perhaps the best and most important means of lessening this cultural disconnect lies within a just energy transition that provides immediate job alternatives to those who need them.
Nick Mullins, a former underground coal miner, and just transition advocate, has set to the task of addressing the economic and political forces impeding our progress. Using his own story and experiences, Mullins asks what a “just” transition truly means and seeks to help audiences understand the issues working-class communities face. By illustrating the need to rethink traditional environmental communication methods and work harder to establish common ground, hope yet remains to achieve a sustainable future for generations to come.