White House Climate Resilience Initiatives Bring New Opportunities for Tribes

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Posted: Monday, February 15, 2016 8:44 pm

WASHINTON, D.C. -- The White House is helping communities tackle climate change challenges by linking two initiatives: Climate Action Champions and Resilience AmeriCorps. These two initiatives help communities apply creative solutions to address the impacts of climate change using the best data to advance comprehensive, community-driven strategies. Building on the Obama Administration’s work with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, participants are better able to develop and implement local climate resilience plans via peer-to-peer support and technical assistance.

Two tribes, the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, were designated by the White House as Climate Action Champions in December 2014 because of their pioneering commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. These tribal communities, along with 14 other Climate Action Champions, are now working with Resilience AmeriCorps participants to help define the frontier of ambitious climate action, serving as models for other communities to follow. Together, these initiatives represent a deliberate approach by the Administration to work hand-in-hand with communities to advance locally-identified priorities.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Energy

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