Solstice recently spoke with Reverend Vernon K. Walker from CREW (Communities Responding to Extreme Weather) to learn how his organization and community are building grassroots climate resilience through their work.
Communities Responding to Extreme Weather is an organization that prepares people on how to respond to heat waves, floods, and other extreme weather. The UN report is clear that society will continue to experience more intensive heat waves, stronger storms, more sea-level rise, etc.
It is important to think about how communities respond to extreme weather because extreme weather impacts communities. CREW believes the best way to become climate resilient is to be socially resilient. What that means is CREW aims to encourage neighbors to be socially connected to each other and to check in on each other when extreme weather happens.
During September 24–30* each year, we mark Climate Preparedness Week, dedicated to learning, service, and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. By coming together to host events, we provide the resources and space to think about the ways that climate change disadvantages some communities more than others. It went well this year; we had over seventy events this year and we look forward to building on the partnership we have developed during Climate Prep Week. See our website for the many different events we held.
CREW is excited to continue to grow the Climate Hub program. Climate Resilience Hubs are community institutions — libraries, churches, schools, nonprofits, local businesses, and others — that help educate residents about extreme weather preparedness and other impacts of climate change. If they choose, hubs can also help residents respond to extreme weather events through material assistance. Click here to find out more about our Hub program. CREW is also looking forward to holding the Interfaith Summit in the Spring of 2022 and Climate Prep Week in 2022.
CREW is interested in connecting communities of color to the work that is being done by Solstice Initiative. Solstice is doing important work and CREW is delighted to be a partner in this work