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President Obama Announces Program Tie-Ins to Combat Climate Change, Brings New Opportunities for Tribes

February 12, 2016 - 9:40am

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The White House is helping communities tackle climate change challenges by linking two new programs: Climate Action Champions and Resilience AmeriCorps. These two initiatives help communities apply creative solutions to address the impacts of climate change using the best data to advance comprehensive, community-driven strategies. Building on the Obama Administration’s work with the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, participants are better able to develop and implement local climate resilience plans via peer-to-peer support and technical assistance.

Two tribes—the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe (CA) and the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (MI)—were designated  by the White House as Climate Action Champions in December 2014 because of their pioneering commitment to cutting carbon pollution and preparing for the impacts of a changing climate. These tribal communities, along with 14 other Climate Action Champions, are now working with Resilience AmeriCorps participants to help define the frontier of ambitious climate action, serving as models for other communities to follow. Together, these initiatives represent a deliberate approach by the Administration to work hand-in-hand with communities to advance locally identified climate preparedness and resiliency priorities.

See the full press release for more information.

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