With the new Phase IV grant funding and subsequent upcoming research, SCIPP has added a new area of focus centered around “climate justice.” Climate justice directly connects to previously-researched areas by SCIPP, including disaster resilience and climate change adaptation, in increasingly meaningful ways. Therefore, Simone Domingue, a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for SCIPP, hosted a series of webinars and conversations to raise awareness of climate justice’s significance in future adaptation. The webinars offered actionable ideas for participants to bring back to their communities for proactive planning.
Entitled Climate and Infrastructure Funding: A Conversation on Justice Opportunities and Challenges, the first virtual webinar was co-hosted with Louisiana’s Disaster Justice Network on July 28th at 1 pm. It brought individuals together from different sectors to identify environmental justice funding and capacity-building resources for disaster resilience when implementing community-led projects. The webinar had an informational component and provided an overview of federal funding opportunities, ways to access news and updates regarding those funds, and a list of resources available for technical assistance or planning. Lastly, the webinar featured a panel discussion from leaders in environmental justice, disaster resilience, and community development.