Solstice recently spoke with Beth Griffith from Renewable Renegades to learn how her organization and community are building grassroots climate resilience through their work.
1. How would you describe the work you do to someone who is not as familiar with green fintech?
The work I do promotes and supports the flow of financial instruments and technology toward the development and implementation of sustainable business models, investments, economic, environmental, and social projects.
2. Why is it integral in the climate crisis to advocate for renewed color in renewable energy?
A large majority of areas prone to the climate crisis are where people of color live. It’s so important for ALL people to have a voice and a seat at the table: when it comes to policies and bills being passed by governments.
3. As an Afro-Latina woman working in a white-male dominant industry, what advice would you give to young WOC climate justice leaders and entrepreneurs advocating to make strides in clean energy?
I would say, don’t give up and become deterred. DO NOT let the glass ceiling and good ole boys get you discouraged. Find ways to smash that glass ceiling by networking and reaching out to other people of color who have faced the same obstacles and achieved what you’re striving for. Focus on forming and building relationships and collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations.
4. What has been your experience thus far with the CAB? How has your unique perspective meshed with others to drive collective action and progress on the project?
CAB has been such a great experience. I love how members of the community and organizations are a part of the process The beauty of collaborating with multiple people and organizations is they bring different perspectives and ideas that you wouldn’t have been able to think of on your own.
5. Is there anything else that you would like us to plug and feature out to our supporters in this upcoming newsletter?
I would like to give a shout out of appreciation to Black Girl Ventures and founder Shelly Bell. It’s because of this great organization that supports black and brown womXn of color, that I have grown and found success. If you would like to donate, you can do it here!