Our priority, first and foremost, is the health and wellbeing of our community. In light of the COVID-19 situation, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 California Adaptation Forum.

In the meantime, please join us for our 4-part webinar series with the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA).

ARCCA/CAF Webinar 2
Realities of the Triple Pandemic: Racialized Violence, COVID-19 and Climate Change
August 24th, 2:00 – 3:30 PM PST


“We make a grave mistake every time we invoke the history of oppression to diminish the reality of racism’s present. Progress is real, but the narrative of progress seduces us into inaction. If we believe, simply, that it gets better, there is no incentive to do the work to ensure that it does.” ― Mychal Denzel Smith, Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education

This is our current reality so what is our collective responsibility? How do we move from “we’ve been here before and never left” or “here we are again” to moving beyond small shifts and wins that catalyze transformative change?

Join us for this activating webinar that will center an authentic dialogue with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) grassroots leaders sharing calls to action, key learnings and case studies of equitable adaptation to help participants begin to better understand how:

  • Racism is an ongoing issue that has and continues to radiate throughout the climate change field, and how status quo responses only exacerbate risks and disparities;
  • Racism and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 and climate change share the same root causes, and uprooting these systemic issues require systems change; and
  • Adaptation practitioners must go beyond integrating equity into individual processes and instead develop partnerships that shift power and leadership to communities to drive a cultural shift that puts equity, anti-racism, and climate resilience front and center.

We are witnessing how it has taken a triple pandemic of racialized violence, COVID-19, and climate change, which has impacted everyone to remind us that BIPOC communities have been disproportionately burdened first and worst for generations. The shared root causes driving this triple pandemic must be addressed with the same level of urgency and attention that these ongoing injustices deserve and demand. However, as central as equity is to creating resilient, thriving communities, efforts to advance equitable adaptation have largely been piecemeal and inconsistent. This webinar aims to demonstrate how climate change adaptation, racial justice and resilience practitioners are uniquely positioned to leverage their collective power to drive the cultural shift needed to uproot the deeply entrenched issues endangering BIPOC communities. If not now? When?

We hope you will join the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and the California Adaptation Forum (CAF) community for this important discussion. Webinar speakers include:

  • Moderator: Corrine Van Hook-Turner | Director of Climate Innovation, Movement Strategy Center
  • Mikela Topey | Felipe Floresca High-Road Fellow, Emerald Cities San Francisco
  • Jessica Tovar | Energy Democracy Organizer, Local Clean Energy Alliance/East Bay Community Energy
  • Colin Miller | Coordinator, Oakland Climate Action Coalition
  • Isha Clarke | Activist, Youth vs. Apocalypse


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Past Webinar Resources

Webinar 1: Community Resilience in the Context of Climate Change and COVID-19


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2018 CAF Highlights

From across the state and nation, nearly 800 leaders and practitioners gathered to learn, share, and network with one another, engaging in a wide array of activities that addressed the 2018 Forum’s core priorities: Embracing Change to Catalyze Innovation, Uplifting Underrepresented Voices, and Taking a Whole Systems Approach. The Forum served as a launchpad for sharing findings from California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment and featured a robust program, delivered by over 280 speakers and through 80 distinct sessions and activities. Participants shared that the Forum was “rich with information and right on point” and that “the focus on environmental justice and frontline communities (being weaved into the entire event rather seamlessly) was very welcome and necessary,” with 95% of survey respondents rating their overall experience as “Good” or Excellent.”

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to the success of CAF 2018!