Climate and Environmental Justice Working Group

Our mission is to ensure that the transition to socialism in the United States is based on sound ecological principles, preserving the viability of the natural and human environments for future generations and other forms of life, and bearing in mind the historical and present inequities imposed by prior forms of society.

This working group seeks to help chapters build local power for climate & environmental justice with the backing of a national network; advance an ecosocialist perspective in environmental justice movements, the DSA & greater left; promote understanding of climate science as well as the intersections of capitalism, imperialism, systemic oppression & climate crisis; and build a socialist movement that reflects the needs of the people and limits of our planet.

The working group's primary goals are:


  • Help build local power for climate & environmental justice with the backing of a national ecosocialist network;
  • Provide tools and tacit and structured knowledge to organizers, encourage coalition-building;
  • Incubate DSA's ecosocialist position on climate action, future planning and a just transition;
  • Serve as an assessment body for locals and national to ensure that ground-level organizing and campaigns incorporate and advance a climate justice agenda

Education + Media:

  • Highlight climate and citizen science + the intersections of capitalism, imperialism, and the climate crisis;
  • Produce and provide articles, literature, graphic designs and agitprop;
  • Publicize actions, events, campaigns, disaster responses across the nation, with a special focus on growing, rural, and environmentally vulnerable or affected areas and DSA chapters;
  • Provide spaces for eco-concerned comrades to collaborate and discuss

Any and all interested, dues-paying members are welcome to get involved and help shape the purpose and function of this vitally important, national entity. Join the Climate & Environmental Justice Working Group to fight for truly democratic use of the world's land and resources, and to stop the damage that capitalism is inflicting upon the earth and the global community.

Get involved by filling out our membership survey!

Once you fill out the survey, you will be added to our listserv and can then join our closed Facebook group!

Also follow on Twitter: @DSA_Enviro

Reach out to with any questions or comments!

How to Run a Canvass Training

March 18, 2018

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March 18th, 2018 - 4pm ET/3pm CT/2pm MT/1pm PST

At this training, we'll be running through the basics of how to set up a Medicare for All canvassing campaign in your chapter. Canvassing is a foundational political skill, and one that will help build DSA's political capacity to fight for socialism now and going forward. This training will include a "Rap Training," where we'll be going over in a bit more detail the Medicare for all door-knocking rap so as to get people comfortable with talking about the need for single-payer healthcare.

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Talking About Socialism Webinar

March 25, 2018

This training is at 7:00 pm ET, 6:00 pm CT, 5:00 pm MT, 4:00 pm PT

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Join Steve Max, a founder of the legendary community organizing school, the Midwest Academy, to practice talking about socialism in plain language. Create your own short rap. Use your personal experience and story to explain democratic socialism. Prepare for those conversations about socialism that happen when you table or canvass. This workshop is for those who have already had an introduction to democratic socialism, whether from DSA's webinar or from other sources. Questions? Contact Theresa Alt <> 607-280-7649.

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