July 9-11, 2012 — The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) hosted the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) Workshop in New Orleans, July 9—11, 2012. This year citizens, non-government organizations, government and academics came together to discuss how individual communities across North America are building resilience to environmental change and disaster, and how policymakers are working to support these efforts.
Dr. Beverly Wright, served on the Resilient Communities in North American Panel, addressing Justice and Equity in the Face of Climate Change. The topic sparked engaging dialogue from workshop participants. A question was posed, how do we avoid inequity in spending after a disaster? Dr. Wright responded, “communities must organize, mobilize, and work with leaders making decisions to ensure the voice of the community is heard.”
The meeting was designed to be a highly participatory experience for attendees. Activities included panel discussions, personal testimonies, brainstorming of ideas and crafting recommendations for CEC Council Members. Three cabinet-level ministers from Canada, Mexico, and the United States shared their thoughts and answered questions in an open dialogue on variety of topics dealing with community and ecosystem resilience.
The CEC is an intergovernmental organization that supports the cooperative environmental agenda of Canada, Mexico, and the United States to green North America’s economy, address climate change through promoting a low-carbon economy and protect its environment and the health of its citizens.