Catalyst52For a year and a half, Kamalah Fletcher has been working tirelessly to create a venue that encourages local leaders to speak more critically about the impact of climate change at the community level. As one of the organizers of the People’s Climate March, Fletcher passionately chanted “the seas are rising, and so are we.” It was a reflection of her desire to urge the community to take direct action on climate change.

As a field organizer for Moms Clean Air Force in Florida and Senior Director of Community Engagement and Learning at Catalyst Miami, an organization working to identify and launch innovative community building strategies throughout Miami, Fletcher has helped organize a summit that will encourage community leaders to converse and collaborate on the issue of climate change and its impact on low-income communities.

“As a resident of Miami, I’m part of a family and a community, and I’m learning the science. I’m also considering the people aspect. This is about communities as much as it is about my own life,” Fletcher said. “I’ve been working and trying to figure out how we make sure Miami is taking bold action around adjusting and adapting to climate change. How do we get people involved on every level of society — economic, racial, age? How do we get everyone involved?”

On Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Catalyst Miami is organizing the Anti-Poverty Summit: Building Climate Resilience and Social Equity in South Florida. It will bring together community leaders such as Jainey Bavishi of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, Miami-Dade County Chief Resilience Officer James Murley, and Village of Pinecrest Mayor Cindy Lerner, among others. The summit will consider both the science of climate change, and the very real impacts it will have on some of South Florida’s most vulnerable populations. Read more >>

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