The Aspen Institute's Thrive Rural will host a free online webinar Friday to highlight rural communities' efforts to address climate change.
"Pathfinders: Climate-Smart Solutions from Rural America and Native Nations" will run from 1:30-3:15 p.m. ET July 16. Click here for more information or to register. The event is part of the ROAD Sessions, a series that highlights and unpacks rural development ideas and strategies to address the coronavirus and long-term rebuilding and recovery issues.
From the website: "The series reflects and emphasizes the full diversity of rural America, spotlights rural America’s assets and challenges, and lifts voices and lived experience from a wide range of rural communities and economies. Each Session includes an added opportunity for peer exchange. Overall, the ROAD Sessions aim to infuse practitioner stories and lessons into rural narratives, policymaking and practice across the country, and to strengthen the network of organizations serving rural communities and regions."
The fallout of climate change—increased wildfires, droughts, and more—often falls disproportionately on rural residents, so it makes sense that rural leaders should be part of the solution, according to one of the event's organizers. "Any solution to climate change must involve rural places — the rural people and places that are deeply impacted by a changing climate," Clifford Devin Deaton, communications manager of Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, told The Daily Yonder.
The ROAD Sessions are co-designed and hosted in partnership with the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – in collaboration with the Housing Assistance Council, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, Rural Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and the Federal Reserve Board.