Locally, nationally, and around the world many people are joining climate advocacy groups to build community and vision for a livable future. This list offers an idea of who some of these groups are and what they hope to accomplish. If you know of other groups that should be added to this list, please email

S.O.S. WaveMakers

S.O.S. WaveMakers will be a regional network of young leaders who support and inspire one another through weekly youth-led “drop-in” digital meetings and monthly in-person gatherings. An Advisory Circle of community leaders will ensure S.O.S. WaveMakers have needed knowledge, support, and connections; impactful leadership opportunities that enhance their academic development; and readiness for college and life. LEARN MORE & JOIN US!

Sunrise Movement

Sunrise, a movement to stop climate change and create millions of good jobs in the process, is building an army of young people to make climate change an urgent priority across America. They aim to end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and wellbeing of all people.

Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion is an international movement that uses non-violent civil disobedience in an attempt to halt mass extinction and minimise the risk of social collapse. The group includes people young and old, and families uniting in defense of their children’s future. In this video UK Comedian Jonathan Pie explains how Rebels are slowing traffic and raising awareness (includes adult language).

Regeneración - Pájaro Valley Climate Action

Regeneración was founded in early 2016 as a climate justice organization in Watsonville. As the climate changes, they hope to help the community adapt and flourish. so all people in the Pajaro Valley can live in harmony with the natural world. LEARN MORE

Greenpower & Romero Institute

Based in Santa Cruz, Greenpower is a movement to give communities local control over their energy production and lead the transition from dirty fossil fuels—like coal and oil—to locally produced green energy from renewable sources like solar and wind. We help people go from apathetic resignation to energized action and live with compassionate respect for our common home. We see this movement as humanity’s single most important social and spiritual imperative. READ MORE

Mothers Out Front

Mothers Out Front harness their power as mothers to ensure a livable climate for all children. Their values include:

  • Realizing and Building Power
  • Building an Inclusive Community
  • Working for Climate Justice
  • Persevering with Hope and Urgency

Climate Reality Leadership Corps

Former US Vice President Al Gore founded the Climate Reality Project after Inconvenient Truth was released in 2006. The group has trained over 19,000 Climate Reality Leaders mobilizing communities in over 150 countries. Climate Reality empowers everyday people to become activists, equipped with the tools, training, and network to fight for solutions and drive change planet-wide.

Citizen's Climate Lobby (CCL)

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on a specific piece of legislation, the Carbon Fee and Dividend Policy. The have an active Santa Cruz-based email group that often discusses other strategies and climate crisis developments.

Santa Cruz Climate Action Network

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. They hold monthly meeting and teach in schools. They also join and occasionally organize marches or rallies or workshops focusing on climate and related social justice needs. LEARN MORE

Action network of government agencies, educational institutions, private businesses, nonprofits, and NGO’s working to address the causes and effects of climate change through local initiatives that focus on economic vitality and reduce environmental impacts for the region.

Central Coast Climate Collaborative

The Central Coast Climate Collaborative is a membership organization fostering a network of local and regional community leaders throughout six Central Coast counties to address climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Collaborative involves representatives from local and regional government, business and agriculture, academia, and diverse community groups to share information and best practices, leverage efforts and resources and identify critical issues and needs. READ MORE is an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all with 3 demands:

  1. A Fast & Just Transition to 100% Renewable Energy for All
  2. No New Fossil Fuel Projects Anywhere.
  3. Not a Penny more for Dirty Energy

Pachamama Alliance

Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. They offer online and local learning opportunities designed to help people envision a just, sustainable future. 

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