This summer, CEC received a grant from the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) to host a Summer of Action in partnership with the Houston Climate Movement. The purpose of this Summer of Action is twofold: to educate the community and electeds and to advocate for solutions that work for all of us.
Our city is both the epicenter of the US fossil fuel industry and an area hard hit by climate disasters.
Through a series of events, we plan to facilitate community healing, provide opportunities for climate education and advocacy, and support frontline leaders in building more resilient communities.
The Summer of Action will begin in June with two community listening sessions, where we will give community members a chance to voice their concerns, process their climate grief, and connect with one another. The first one will be held on June 26. We hope that you will join us! You can register to attend and find more details at the eventbrite below.
In July, we will host 3-4 Knowledge and Skill Building sessions to support the needs of community members (as identified in the listening sessions) in preparation for advocacy meetings with elected officials later in the summer. In these educational sessions, we plan to provide information about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) and Justice 40.
In August, CEC will organize meetings with members of Congress (MoC). Community members involved in HCM, particularly those harmed by the climate crisis, will be invited to join these important meetings to discuss the urgency of climate action.
The Summer of Action will culminate with a Community Climate Summit in early September. The Summit will provide a space for frontline community members and environmental advocacy professionals to come together, share resources, learn about neighborhood-specific issues, identify sustainability strategies, create a shared vision, and develop action plans to help protect the health of Houston communities.
We are so excited to kick off this Summer of Action with our upcoming listening sessions. Stay tuned for more information on the Knowledge and Skill Building Sessions, meetings with MoC, and Community Climate Summit!