Research shows that African-American and other communities of color are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and air pollution, but are underrepresented in the electricity planning process, particularly in Georgia. With a solution in mind, a number of nonprofit organizations will gather for a community discussion of how to combat the issue.
A metro Atlanta energy equity forum, "Equity Matters," will be co-hosted by seven Georgia-based nonprofits with the goal of developing mutually beneficial strategies for energy equity in the region.
Partnership for Southern Equity, Fulton-Atlanta Community Action Authority, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, GreenLaw, Georgia Watch, Center for Sustainable Communities and Concerned Black Clergy of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc. have formed an energy equity coalition to increase community engagement in the discussion of how low-income communities and communities of color are impacted by the burden of and benefits of energy production.
"The Equity Matter's forum brings community leaders together to identify steps towards Energy Equity in metro Atlanta and highlight the importance of authentic community engagement in utility company's decision making," said a statement from GreenLaw, a non-profit law firm serving environmental and community organizations.
"Low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to be exposed to air pollution and are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They stand to benefit the most from energy efficiency and employment programs that help lower bills. Unfortunately, these communities are under-represented in Georgia's electricity planning process."
The event will take place from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the Fulton Atlanta Community Action Agency, located at 341 Kelly St. SE, Atlanta, Ga., 30312. It is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Dr. Marilyn Brown, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, will be present, according to Greenlaw, as well as other environmental justice and equality community leaders.