From the Thursday, May 30, 11am, Unconference Session titled “Global Warming”
How will Code for America contribute to helping solve the challenges of the global climate crisis? What does this crisis have to do with our vision, mission, values? What can we do? What will we do?
Facilitated by Jim March (Code for Asheville), Rob Davis (Code for Ft. Lauderdale) and Carl V. Lewis (OpenSavannah)
Raw notes from the unconference session are here.
Code for America Slack channel is #climate-crisis.
I. What does the climate crisis have to do with Code for America or the Brigades? Why should Code for America or the Brigades be involved?
- social justice (helping connect the government with the impact of climate change on populations with fewer resources)
- supporting government to be responsive to the needs of the people by building tools that improve communication between the people and government
- Comment on Code for America #climate-crisis Slack channel by carlvlewis (NAC) [Jun 6 2019 12:27 PM]
The climate crisis is most urgent issue of our times, but too often the issue is framed in terms of
climate scienceas if it’s something only researchers need to understand. The sheer scale and enormity of the issue, its complexity, its often-times distant-feeling detachment from our daily lives makes it hard to communicate the climate crisis to residents to the level of collective action. As I write this, the MIdwest is reeling from historic flooding, California recovering from the worst wildfires in history, and the Atlantic hurricane season has just kicked off Jun. 1. No city is immune.
II. What are Code for America and the Brigades doing already?
- building tools to help government cope with climate disasters (hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding)
III. What might we do?
- build tools to collect and report on efforts already being done
- build tools to raise government awareness of public support for policy changes to cope with climate change