Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Enhancement Program (CARE)
Join CARE in Celebration of our Roadmap to Resilience Launch!
Click on the images to read the Roadmap to Resilience
“With input from residents through workshops and advisory board meetings, CBE has created the Roadmap to Resilience to highlight issue areas that need to be addressed and initial steps.”
The Roadmap to Resilience is a tool for our residents to use to achieve environmental justice in adaption planning. The CARE project will continue to create low hanging fruit projects that will help our community adapt to the climate change we face as a frontline community.
Global warming is a reality that can no longer be ignored. In response, CBE has developed innovative strategies to shift California’s energy infrastructure to become more sustainable.
CBE is also addressing the immediate impacts of global warming upon our communities through our CARE program. CARE builds on CBE’s long history of community organizing, participatory research, and environmental justice strategies to reduce and prevent pollution in Richmond and Wilmington, California.
This comprehensive program uses a collaborative approach by working with our members, decision-makers, businesses, academic partners, and other organizations to identify adaptation and mitigation solutions, driven by the community. We’re also working to ensure vulnerable communities are prioritized during adaptation planning and in the allocation of resources.
Cross-cutting strategies and multi-jurisdictional efforts are being developed that will enable the most vulnerable residents to best prepare and cope with climate impacts.
CARE Program main components:
- Local Climate and Vulnerabilities Assessment
- Community Education and Leadership Development
- Creating an Implementation Plan
- Ensure Community Equity in Adaptation Planning
- Communications and Dissemination of Information
Engaging community members in the problem-solving and decision-making process is a central component of CARE. Low hanging projects that will create tangible benefits for our communities are: providing residents with cool shelters and homes, permeable street surfaces, cool/green roofs, access to affordable healthy food and water, access to clean renewable locally generated sources of energy.
These proactive measures will prepare, educate, and build community resilience to global warming, lower future costs of dealing with disasters, avoid disproportionate injury to disadvantaged communities, inform regional and state adaptation strategies, and provide a model for other communities.
Through CARE workshops and meetings community members have been able to put their input in order to create change in their communities. Thanks to you the community the CARE project has begun to successfully create low hanging fruit projects like the Tzu Chi Clinic cooling center and a manual for Wilmington and Richmond. This is just the beginning. CARE will continue to work with community members in order to create more projects to build community power and resilience.
Supported by Kresge Foundation
Photo Credit: Dianna Diaz-Noriega and Dianna Espinoza