NWF Co-Hosts Southeast Fair Climate Summit

Summit facilitates discussion on climate change impacts and collaborative and equitable solutions

05-23-2011 // Aileo Weinmann
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Social justice advocates, faith leaders, community members, and conservationists gathered in Jacksonville, FL on May 19-20 for the Southeast Fair Climate Summit.

Hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Democracia USASt. Johns Riverkeeper and US Climate Action Network, the summit brought together community leaders to strengthen our collective understanding about the intersections between climate change, clean air and water, dirty energy, economic growth, and the health and safety of our communities.

“This event created new and strengthened existing relationships among the attendees,” said Felice Stadler, director of Programs and Operations of Global Warming Solutions for the National Wildlife Federation. “It is a forum to learn from and support each other's work and identify areas where collaboration can make our work more successful.

The goals of the summit included:

  • Discussing critical issues related to the human and natural resource impacts of climate change in the Southeast
  • Sharing success stories and model initiatives for building resilient, sustainable communities
  • Mapping out current capacity across the Southeast and discussing ways to further build our collective capacity
  • Strengthening relationships among leaders committed to creating resilient communities and equitable solutions to climate change
  • Identifying potential areas for future collaboration
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More than 60 people from around the region and around the country attended. Speakers included U.S. Congresswoman Corrine Brown (FL-3rd District).

Activities included a tour of the St. Johns River guided by the St. Johns Riverkeeper, where participants learned about challenges such as waste from paper plants and invasive species and larval blooms.

The summit was a big success,” Stadler said.

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