The Ecology Center recently co-convened the Bay Area Convening on Resilience and Equity hosted by Bay Localize. Over 150 community advocates and policy leaders gathered on 11/11/11 to forge new connections and build the movement for a socially just climate strategy for our region. EC staff members Sharlana Turner and Johnathan Hill from our Farm Fresh Choice program, and Beck Cowles spoke about the work we do combining equity and environmental programs.
We highlighted the Ecology Center’s food justice work, and our long history of providing accessible, reliable information and education to our communities. Community, environment and justice are the three tenets of the Ecology Center’s work. This convening addressed these three ideas, and expanded them into solutions for inclusive regional planning. In the afternoon, we split up into breakout groups to come up with shared solutions to advance equity and community resilience in response to six keys impacts of climate change and economic recession. Between the people gathered in the room, and the conversations that were fostered, it was an energizing day for building connections!