A discussion hosted by CRC touched on how each sector of climate resiliency—policy, research and local organizing— can work together to liberate disadvantaged communities from the inequitable effects of climate change.


CRC on Thursday hosted a virtual panel discussion that brought climate justice advocates together to discuss the impacts of climate change on California communities, and how local climate community efforts are combating greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel investment.

Jamie Buell, CRC research analyst, moderated the discussion, titled “California Communities and Climate Resiliency,” which touched on several areas of concern including CRA reform, tenant protection and building decarbonization, and the realities of harmful climate investment.

“It’s important that banks divest from the oil and gas sector and invest in climate resiliency in (formerly redlined) communities,” said CRC Chief Executive Officer Paulina Gonzalez-Brito, who delivered opening remarks. “This is what drives our work. Banks have a moral and regulatory obligation via the Community Reinvestment Act to end its support for environmental racism and climate change.”

Panelists included April Merleaux, Research Manager at Rainforest Action Network, Sylvia Chi, Senior Policy Analyst at Just Solutions Collective, Alex Martin, Senior Climate Finance Policy Analyst at Americans For Financial Reform, and Wendy Miranda, Policy Associate at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation.