BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — GASP is hosting a Community Climate Assembly on Equitable Investments on Thursday, June 22, 2023, at Harvest Roots Kombucha Taproom in Avondale. The event will bring together community members, stakeholders, and experts to explore strategies to answer the question, “How can Birmingham prioritize investments that benefit all residents, particularly those in underserved and marginalized communities?”
The Community Climate Assemblies are a part of GASP’s Green New Deal for Birmingham campaign, which aims to develop a roadmap for the City of Birmingham to address climate change and advance environmental justice. The GND4BHM campaign facilitates an inclusive dialogue to inform policy decisions and drive actionable solutions by engaging diverse grassroots voices. The guest speaker at the Assembly is Christopher Tyler Burks, urban policy scholar and visiting professor of political science at Samford University.
During the event, participants will have the opportunity to learn about key climate challenges facing Birmingham and gain insights into the investments necessary to build a more resilient, just, and equitable city. Attendees will engage in facilitated discussions, breakout sessions, and interactive activities to foster collaboration and generate innovative ideas.
“Making equitable investments would mean that the City of Birmingham invests in its communities to benefit the people who live and work here,” said Perry Dowell, climate change program coordinator. “To get a clear picture of what that could look like, we’re going to hear from someone with a lot of knowledge in this area, and we also want to listen to attendees talk about their own lived experiences with how Birmingham invests its money.”
The Green New Deal for Birmingham campaign invites residents, community organizations, businesses, and other stakeholders to join this significant assembly and contribute their perspectives. The event aims to build consensus and develop a shared vision for a climate-resilient and socially just Birmingham by fostering an inclusive and participatory environment.
GASP is a nonprofit health advocacy organization based in Birmingham, Ala. Our mission is to enhance the health and well-being of Alabamians by reducing air pollution, advancing environmental justice, and promoting climate solutions through education, advocacy, and collaboration. We strive to reduce exposure to air pollution, educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality, and encourage community leaders to serve as role models by advocating for clean air and clean energy. GASPgroup.org