The COVID-19 pandemic has attracted more attention in recent months, but problems associated with climate change have not gone away. Cook County is serving as a lead community sponsor for "GreenTown: Climate Crisis." The free two-day webinar will focus on creating equity, access and healthy sustainable communities.
The events will occur on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 and will feature Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Jacqueline Patterson, senior director of Environmental and Climate Justice Program at the NAACP, and other speakers discussing actionable strategies on a wide range of topics focused on the climate crisis and equity.
“While climate change is a threat to us all, under-resourced communities and communities of color are disproportionately at risk due to existing social, economic and health vulnerabilities,” said President Preckwinkle. “Where you live impacts access to healthy food, exposure to flooding, local areas of hotter air, poor air and water quality and can determine who is healthy and lives longer. We must come together and find actionable solutions for future generations to live long, healthy lives.”
GreenTown: Climate Crisis focuses on awareness, accessibility, accountability, action and affordability in all communities. This conference seeks to connect people, communities and resources to make lasting improvements to the economy, environment and social equity.
Sessions include Clean Energy Tools and Financing for Communities, Building a New Flexible, Resilient and Adaptable Regional Food System, and Waste Reduction and the Circular Economy.
Click here to register.