Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force

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Who: Beyond Toxics, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Supporting Partners: Lane County Public Works Department, GEOS Institute

Main Contact: Haley Case-Scott – Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer: Phone: 541-313-8447, Email: hcasescott@beyondtoxics.org

Purpose: National research and local experience have shown that the impacts of climate change tend to disproportionately impact marginalized communities, such as communities of color, low-income communities, the elderly, and people experiencing disabilities.

As it stands, there is not a focus on identifying community resilience or adaptation strategies. To address this, Beyond Toxics and the NAACP have developed a partnership with Lane County staff to develop a Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force.

 


ANNOUNCEMENT

The Climate Equity & Resilience Task Force county wide survey to assess our communities climate concerns and priorities in NOW CLOSED.

Thank you to those who took the Lane Community Climate Survey! We are currently compiling the survey results and will post them here once completed.


Background:
Beyond Toxics and the NAACP Eugene/Springfield are working with the Lane County Public Works Department regarding their Climate Action Plan and Climate Advisory Committee (CAC). Lane County, Beyond Toxics, and the NAACP Eugene/Springfield agree to work cooperatively to ensure that the CAC has diverse representation, and that climate actions developed by County staff and approved by County’s Board of Commissioners are equitable and address the needs of all Lane County communities.

Beyond Toxics and the NAACP has developed a Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force, which is composed of community representatives and stakeholders who live and work with diverse and underrepresented communities in Lane County, to ensure that the climate actions developed by County staff and approved by its Board are equitable.

This Task Force will work concurrently on both mitigation and resilience planning processes to ensure that the needs of all Lane County communities are represented and addressed. Through the Task Force, strategies and actions will be developed in both processes to address climate change and ensure equity for the following communities: Low-income and working populations; Black, Indigenous, and People of Color; Immigrant Communities; Tribal Governments; Mental Health and Disability Representatives; LGBTQ Communities; Rural Communities.

Timeline (Estimated):
May 2021: Assess Community Climate concerns – We are hoping to hear from Native American community members, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color community members, and LatinX community members
May 2021- June 2021: Hold a climate vulnerability assessment workshop
August – November 2021: Identify key climate adaptation, resilience, and equity actions to present to the County’s Climate Advisory Committee and Board of Commissioners

How to get involved: Please respond to Haley Case-Scott at 541-313-8447 or via email: hcasescott@beyondtoxics.org for more information and to sign-up!