Summer of Action 2022

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Summer of Action Announcement

This summer, with the support of a generous grant from the Environmental Defense Fund, CEC is teaming up with the Houston Climate Movement to collaborate across the Houston climate and advocacy movement to host a Summer of Action. The purpose of this project is twofold: to educate our community about some important funding opportunities for the city and to advocate for solutions that work for all of us.

Through a series of events, we plan to facilitate community healing, provide opportunities for climate education and advocacy, and support frontline leaders and engaged citizens in building more resilient communities.

June:

The Summer of Action has begun with two community listening sessions in June, through which we are bringing community members together to voice their concerns, process their climate grief, and connect with one another.

June Update:

The purpose of the two June listening sessions was to provide a space for community leaders and concerned residents to learn about Justice40 and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, voice their Climate Justice needs, and discuss visions for the future. Our intention was to unite communities together through collaborative efforts to support our collective home: the Earth. And we succeeded!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the first two Summer of Action Listening Sessions! Because of your strength and vulnerability we were able to have great conversations that point us toward a brighter tomorrow for ourselves and our communities. Thanks to the combined effort and continued support of the Environmental Defense Fund, Citizens’ Environmental Coalition, Houston Climate Movement, Greentown Labs, and the Diluvial Houston Initiative we are able to make community events like this possible.

Missed the events but want to know what was discussed? To access the Community Listening Session Report and Notes click here. To access video recordings and photos from these events click here.

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July

In July, we will host 3 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.

Please join us in July for our Virtual Knowledge & Skill Building Sessions:

  1. Wednesday, July 13 @ 6:00 PM - Intro to Climate Action
  2. Wednesday, July 20 @ 6:00 PM - Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and 
  3. Wednesday, July 27 @ 6:00 PM - Legislative Advocacy 101

Want to attend? Register through Eventbrite for these virtual sessions and community-building exercises.

August

In August, CEC will facilitate meetings with members of Congress. Community members who have been and are impacted by the climate crisis, will be invited to join these important meetings to discuss the urgency of climate action.

September

The Summer of Action will culminate with the Houston Community Climate Summit on September 10th. The Summit will be a coming together for frontline community members, community leaders, organizers, activists, and environmental advocacy professionals to share resources, learn about neighborhood-specific issues, identify sustainability strategies, collaborate to support each other's existing initiatives, and create a shared vision and action plans toward both short and long term goals to protect the health of Houston communities. Register now on Eventbrite, and join the event on Facebook!

Climate Summit Save the Date Facebook Event(1)

Are you interested in more community and knowledge-building sessions? You can access our entire Summer of Action 2022 events and register on Eventbrite! 

Want to get involved with making the Summer of Action happen?

Organizational representatives and engaged citizens are invited to join Summer of Action planning committee meetings on Tuesday evenings at 7pm over Zoom. You can get the information on the Google Calendar linked above, or email angie.torres@cechouston.org for the Zoom link.

 

Want additional educational resources, factsheets, and more?

The Summer of Action focuses on educating the public and sparking conversation about Climate Justice, Justice40, and the Bipartisan Infrasture Law.

Attached below are factsheets and resources to help self-educate.

Climate Justice 101

https://www.nwf.org/Global-Warming/Fair-Climate-Project/~/media/PDFs/Fair-Climate-Project/Climate-Justice-Fact-Sheet.ashx 

https://www.itfglobal.org/sites/default/files/node/resources/files/ITF%20climate%20change%20factsheets%201-24.pdf 

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/climate-justice-101-climate-migration 

https://www.corpwatch.org/article/climate-justice-fact-sheet 

https://centerclimatejustice.universityofcalifornia.edu/what-is-climate-justice/ 

https://climate.mit.edu/explainers/climate-justice 

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2019/05/climate-justice/ 

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2020/07/what-is-climate-justice/ 

Justice40

https://www.bhfs.com/Templates/media/files/insights/Ellis%20Article.pdf 

https://rooseveltinstitute.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/RI_Justice-40-Federal-Budget_ExecSummary_202204.pdf 

https://www.transit.dot.gov/sites/fta.dot.gov/files/2021-10/FY-2021-Bus-Program-and-Justice40-Fact-Sheet.pdf 

https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/briefing-room/2021/07/20/the-path-to-achieving-justice40/ 

https://oceanconservancy.org/blog/2022/02/25/introducing-justice40-initiative/ 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL)

https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure/fact-sheet-epa-bipartisan-infrastructure-law 

https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-12/bipartisan-infrastructure-law.tribal.fact_.sheet_.pdf 

https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2021-11/e-ow-bid-fact-sheet-final.508.pdf 

https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-02/orcr_bil_brochure.pdf 

https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P1013NR1.pdf