Authored by Jacquelyn Omotalade, Climate Investments National Director
At Dream.Org, our commitment to environmental justice and the empowerment of marginalized communities is at the core of our mission. I had the privilege of representing Dream.Org as the National Director of Climate Investments at Climate Week NYC 2023, a global event that brought together leaders, advocates, and policymakers from around the world to address the pressing issue of climate change.
Climate Week NYC, hosted by Climate Group, is the largest annual climate event of its kind. This event, in partnership with the United Nations General Assembly, is a significant platform for accelerating climate action and promoting positive change aligned with the United Nations' sustainable development goals. In 2023, it was held from September 17 to 24, demonstrating our world's collective commitment to combating climate change.
Being invited to Climate Week NYC was a testament to the importance of our work at Dream.Org. Climate Group, a renowned global non-profit organization dedicated to urgent climate action, recognized the value of our mission in advancing environmental justice and community wealth building.
During my participation in the event, I highlighted Dream.Org's dedication to environmental justice, focusing on the need to address the disproportionate impacts of climate change on Black and Brown communities. I emphasized the need to address climate justice encompassing not only mitigating climate change but also ensuring that marginalized communities share in the benefits of the green economy's growth and opportunities.
One of the critical discussions I led revolved around our advocacy for equitable resource allocation. I stressed the importance of directing funds from initiatives like the Inflation Reduction Act toward projects that directly benefit marginalized communities. By providing access to clean energy, sustainable employment, and essential infrastructure improvements, Dream.Org strives to bridge wealth gaps and promote economic empowerment among Black and Brown populations.
Furthermore, I shared Dream.Org's best practices for community engagement to ensure successful project implementation. I underscored the significance of involving local communities in decision-making processes and making them active participants in shaping their sustainable futures. Dream.Org's approach is founded on collaboration, empowerment, and fostering a sense of ownership within the communities we serve.
My presence at Climate Week NYC 2023 served as a powerful reminder that climate action and environmental justice must always go hand in hand. My dedication to building a green economy that uplifts marginalized communities is a testament to our collective commitment to address climate change equitably.
In an era where climate change poses an urgent threat, organizations like Dream.Org play a pivotal role in advocating for a more sustainable and just future. Climate Week NYC 2023 showcased the transformative potential of collective action and a steadfast commitment to equity. In our quest to combat climate change, Dream.Org remains resolute in our mission to empower marginalized communities and create a more equitable and sustainable world for all.