February 3 meeting a success, first in Wards 7 and 8 on #ClimateReadyDC and people

Did you know that close to 30% of respondents to DOEE's survey related to climate change "have experienced distress or complications due to climate change impacts"? One person wrote "The 2012 Derecho left my family without power for over 5 days in nearly 100 degree heat."

Or did you know that Watts Branch in Ward 7 is one of DOEE's five priority planning areas in the Climate Ready DC Plan? Or that DC government has a wide range of resources to support residents and businesses in their effort to become more resilient?

DOEE's Kate Johnson shared these and other facts with the more than 40 people who participated in the February 3 APACC meeting on climate change.

As interested in the participants were in hearing from Johnson and others from DC government, they were most interested in talking about the next steps, what needed to be done to actually make Wards 7 and 8 more resilient. Many ideas were shared but they boiled down to two things.

  1. Actively engage the residents and organizations who most need information and/or help about climate change and what can be done to improve their resiliency
  2. Messaging more effectively, understanding and respecting the realities of people who live in Wards 7 and 8

Materials from the meeting:

The #Storify Recap of February 3 #ClimateReadyDC and People meeting curates tweets sent during the event. And the video Climate Ready DC Meeting (also to the right) combines photos with video clips of the presentation segment (first part) of the meeting.