While we all face the looming threats of climate change, communities of color, tribal communities and rural Oregonians are on the frontlines of this existential threat. The Almeda and South Obenchain fires were vivid examples of this reality, as many of the hardest hit residents were from historically marginalized and disadvantaged communities. To compound the devastating impacts of the fires, there are very-real risks that these residents will be unable to stay as our communities rebuild. At the same time, Governor Brown’s Executive Order 20-04, the Oregon Climate Action Plan (OCAP) is shining a spotlight on climate and environmental justice and new legislation has been introduced to incorporate an “equity lens” into multiple levels of state climate policy.
What does “climate equity” mean? Does an equity focus detract from or strengthen climate advocacy? Does it make a difference? What is meant by the phrase “just transition”? How can we infuse social equity into the fabric of our climate policy advocacy?
Cecilia Estolano, CEO and Founder of Estolano Advisors, and Asma Mahdi, Policy Director of Better World Group, authors of the December 2020 “State of Oregon Climate Equity Blueprint” will join us by zoom to help us work to achieve a more equitable, climate-adapted future.
Registration Required – Link to register (After registering, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link to join the event.)
SOCAN meets monthly on the last Tuesday of each month. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. We explore topics related to climate change through speakers and movies.
These meetings are free and open to the public