Listening Project Announcements December 2021

Listening Project Announcements December 2021

The Listening Project is a people-centered process to guide our local transition away from the fossil fuel industry. Our goal is to listen to and understand the concerns and needs of Richmond communities that have historically suffered the most from generations of fossil fuel operations in Richmond. 

As our originally funded project comes to a close, we are proud to share some of our impact:

  • Hired 6 team members: 1 Project Coordinator, 4 organizers, 1 podcast editor
  • Participated in 23 outreach events 
  • Textbanked 15,000 residents, in English and Spanish, in City Council Districts 1, 2 and 3
  • Door knocked over 100 homes in areas highly impacted by Chevron
  • Engaged with 15 businesses in areas highly impacted by Chevron
  • Interviewed 20 residents 
  • Surveyed over 200 community members
  • Reached over 180 social media followers
  • Invested over $1,000 in direct compensation for participants 

Our survey is still open! The intention of this survey is to learn about the impacts, concerns and needs that people have pertaining to Chevron. Any Richmond community member is encouraged to complete it. The survey is available in English and Spanish (as well as Arabic by request). 

We are excited to announce a collaborative Intergenerational Listening Project. We are cosponsoring this event with Communities for a Better Environment, and the Safe Return Project! This virtual event will take place on December 16th, from 6-7 p.m. on Zoom. The goal of the Intergenerational Listening Project is to create an opportunity for Richmond residents of all ages to come together and talk about how the climate crisis has impacted our lives, our families, and communities as we envision a fossil-free Richmond! Volunteers are needed to co-lead break-out rooms. Please register or sign up to volunteer here:

The Listening Project Podcast is in progress! It will launch in January 2022 The goal of this podcast is to share our stories to amplify residents’ voices. There will be six episodes total, all centered around climate justice and the transition away from fossil fuels. The podcast will highlight individual stories as well as collective experiences of the harms of our climate crisis. Councilmember Claudia Jiménez will be featured in a Spanish episode. Check out our podcast teaser:

Our work continues! We are currently exploring ways to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the data we have gathered, compile and share our findings with the community, and create a foundation for a future educational campaign towards a Just Transition in Richmond.