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What Is a Climate Justice Plan?

The city hosted representatives from Providence, RI to learn more

In February, the City of Boulder and Boulder County hosted representatives from Providence, RI to share their experience and insights from their process to create a Climate Justice Plan.

Dozens of community members attended the event, which featured Providence's Director of Sustainability, Leah Bamberger, and two members of Providence's Racial and Environmental Justice Committee, Pol Tavares and Jesus Holguin.

They discussed their community’s process to develop a Climate Justice Plan that seeks to create an equitable, low-carbon and climate resilient future. Providence chose to lead with equity and partnered with those who are most impacted by the climate crisis and other environmental injustices.

Their process was particularly innovative because the primary decision-makers were those who have been historically marginalized and most impacted by pollution, waste and toxicity where they live and work. As a result, the interventions and solutions proposed by the Climate Justice plan tackle climate change by addressing its root causes: structural racism, economic inequality and our extractive economy.

In addition to the community presentation of their Climate Justice Plan and learnings, city and county staff met with the Providence team to learn more about the process and will apply some lessons to the city’s Climate Mobilization Action Plan.

The city is seeking opportunities to ensure an equitable process and is meeting with community groups poised to assist in reaching out to less-connected populations in our community.

A new phase of Boulder’s climate actions

Last fall, the city launched a new phase of climate action called the Climate Mobilization Action Plan (CMAP). At the center of this new plan are two important core principles:

  • Equity: While climate change will impact all of us, it won’t impact our lives equally. Racial, socioeconomic and other inequities contribute to different outcomes for our communities, and we all must be mindful in ensuring our climate actions recognize and address these inequities.
  • Resilience: We’re doing all we can to help stabilize climate, but Boulder can’t do it alone. The climate is already changing our local weather patterns, and we must ensure that our community is equipped to handle these changes and bounce back from climate change-driven stresses.

Learn more and participate at www.Boulder.Earth/CMAP.

Is your group interested in helping shape equitable outreach? Email Engagement Manager Sarah Huntley for details: [email protected]