As climate change exacerbates weather patterns and extreme weather events, it is important to equip those who do not have the resources to recover and thrive as a result of even relatively “minor” disasters and impacts, particularly vulnerable low-income and ALICE communities. At present, no coordinated statewide effort exists to identify and address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities. The Commission is eager to begin addressing this issue through its VISTA Climate Ready Corps.
Through a grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), six AmeriCorps VISTA members have joined four key state offices for a period of three years to address climate readiness and equity issues statewide that will help our most vulnerable communities thrive and be resilient in the face of climate change induced events and impacts. The program will integrate the climate change work of these four offices through data collection, outreach, education, and information dissemination.
Though recruitment has ended, be sure to learn more about the HI Vista Program!