Environmental & Economic Justice

IMP has worked with several projects centered around environmental issues and economic justice. Here are a few examples:

The Peabody Award winning, POV film INVENTING TOMORROW follows young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico who propose innovative solutions to fix some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today – right in their own backyards. The students are preparing original scientific research projects they will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public. The students travel to Los Angeles from all corners of the world to participate in ISEF 2017. Throughout the week we watch them participate in social activities, field trips, and the gauntlet of judging. No matter who wins a prize, they all make connections many call life changing. These young scientists invite a worldwide role reversal, where the youth show us the way towards a more sustainable future.

IMP continues to deliver:
⧫ fundraising support ⧫ teacher training webinars ⧫ PBS station grants ⧫ social media management ⧫ digital engagement events ⧫

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Through shard-like glimpses of everyday life in post-Hurricane María Puerto Rico, LANDFALL is a cautionary tale for our times. Set against the backdrop of protests that toppled the US colony’s governor in 2019, the film offers a prismatic portrait of collective trauma and resistance. While the devastation of María attracted a great deal of media coverage, the world has paid far less attention to the storm that preceded it: a 72-billion-dollar debt crisis crippling Puerto Rico well before the winds and waters hit. LANDFALL examines the kinship of these two storms—one environmental, the other economic—juxtaposing competing utopian visions of recovery. Featuring intimate encounters with Puerto Ricans as well as the newcomers flooding the island, LANDFALL reflects on a question of contemporary global relevance: when the world falls apart, who do we become?

LANDFALL is coming to the Emmy Award winning series, POV, in 2021.

IMP delivered:
⧫ outreach and partnership development ⧫ digital event planning and implementation (bilingual, English/Spanish) ⧫ brain trust convenings (bilingual, English/Spanish) ⧫ social media management ⧫ branded promotional materials ⧫ discussion guide ⧫

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From the beginning of our nation’s history our laws, institutions and social norms have contributed to the creation of a segmented or dual economy. Many people — including people of color, women and immigrants — were excluded from the benefits of society, forcing them to find alternative ways to make a living in a parallel economy.

Today, this informal sector is expanding, becoming more prevalent and permeating every aspect of our economic life. As economists and politicians grapple to fully understand the nature, growth and prevalence of the informal and “gig economy,” pathways of economic entry to those who have been denied access becomes imperative to the health, growth and well-being of our communities.

CITY RISING: The Informal Economy follows four California workers facing structural discrimination but fighting to change policy and improve upward mobility for their communities; the project is presented by KCET and The Public Media Group of Southern California.

IMP provided:
⧫ outreach and partnership development ⧫ event planning and implementation ⧫ engagement & discussion materials ⧫

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