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Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
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Delegation of Chinese leaders discuss climate change mitigation in Detroit
Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice hosts roundtable discussion on reducing carbon emissions, Clean Power Plan compliance
DETROIT – Environmental justice advocacy organization Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice (DWEJ) today hosted a roundtable discussion with a delegation of climate experts and officials from China to talk about Michigan’s compliance with the Clean Power Plan and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Detroit.
“We are honored to share the work DWEJ is doing to reduce carbon emissions and mitigate climate change in low-income communities with our colleagues from China,” said Guy O. Williams, president and CEO of DWEJ. “In collaboration with the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative, DWEJ is leading the development of Detroit’s first Climate Action Plan, and we hope our plan will serve as a model for other cities to reduce dangerous pollution and improve the health of low-income communities across the country.”
The delegation of Chinese experts and local officials was organized by the International Fund for China’s Environment (IFCE) and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. The delegation traveled to Washington, DC, Massachusetts and Michigan to share climate policy challenges and triumphs and explore local climate mitigation strategies.
“Collaborating with local leaders, businesses and members of the community is crucial to fighting climate change, improving public health and building sustainable, resilient communities,” said Kimberly Hill Knott, director of policy for DWEJ. “Low-income and communities of color are hit hardest by the devastating impacts of climate change. The Climate Action Plan, along with policies like the Clean Power Plan, will boost sustainable redevelopment in Detroit and make sure all Detroiters have clean air to breathe.”
Knott recently attended the United Nations Climate Conference (COP22) in Morocco, where world leaders gathered to discuss future implementation of carbon reduction strategies as part of the Paris Climate Agreement.
DWEJ champions local and national collaboration to advance environmental justice and sustainable redevelopment by fostering clean, healthy and safe communities through innovative policy, education and workforce initiatives. To learn more, visit www.dwej.org.