Ernesto is the CARE (Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Enhancement) Coordinator for Communities for a Better Environment (CBE). CBE is a California-based statewide non-profit building community power to achieve environmental justice, clean energy and healthy communities. While CBE recognizes that our work in creating policies to reduce greenhouse gases and lessen our reliance on fossil fuels continues to be crucial, we also realize it is inevitable that climate change will significantly impact our lives. These impacts are far more severe for low-income communitties of color, as has been well documented by a number of research studies, and by the recent experience with hurricanes Katrina and Sandy.
Through our CARE project we are teaching residents in Wilmington and Richmond the skills and climate adaptation knowledge necessary to navigate theough the planning process in their cities as well as create a CARE manual that will prove as a guide for residents to build our residents' community power and have a pathway to getting climate adaptation projects established in their neighborhoods.
Our CARE project has five main components:
- Community Assets and Liabilities Mapping or Laying the Knowledge Foundation
- Leadership Development and Community Education
- Creating an Equitable Community Adaptation Plan - the Implementation Plan
- Organizing and Communications on CARE findings and methodology
- And putting in place quick adaptation strategies
CBE uses a triad model comprised of Organizing, Research, and Legal to fight for environmental justice in the California communitites of South East L.A., Wilmington, East Oakland and Richmond.