NOAA to support BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue

  • 31 March 2021

On April 8th, NOAA will support and participate in a dialogue between Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) climate justice experts and U.S. government officials to discuss national climate goals and priorities in advance of the Biden-Harris Leader’s Climate Summit. The BIPOC Climate Justice Dialogue is collaboratively hosted by managers of the BIPOC Scholars Project, the Land Peace Foundation, the HBCU Green Fund, and the Coordinating Team for the U.S. Action for Climate Empowerment (ACE) National Strategic Planning Framework. CPO’s Communication, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division has been partnering with the ACE community on the development of the first ACE National Strategy for the United States.

The day-long Dialogue is an opportunity for BIPOC climate justice scholars, organizers, and funders to come together to explore how to inclusively engage, inform, and empower the public to participate in just solutions to the climate crisis—an essential undertaking if humanity is to meet the urgency and scale of the challenge. Topics to be discussed include BIPOC priorities for the just transition, culturally responsive climate action, White House climate priorities, and integration across federal agencies. The dialogue will also introduce the NOAA co-led community-driven U.S. ACE Framework, as recommended in Article 12 of the Paris Agreement.

Key panelist include:

  • Opening Address Climate Justice: Energy & Equity: Shalonda Baker, Deputy Director for Energy Justice & Secretary’s Advisor on Equity, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Investing in Regenerative Economies, Equity, and Justice Panel: Sherri Mitchell, Land Peace Foundation; Elizabeth Yeampierre, UPROSE; and Rhianna Gunn-Wright, Roosevelt Institute
  • Culturally Responsive Climate Action Panel: Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP; Tara Houska, Giniw Collective; and Fatemeh Shafiei, Spelman College
  • White House Climate Overview: Hon. John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (Invited) or Hon. Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Advisor (Invited)
  • Federal Agency Thematic Dialogues: Rosemary Enobakhare, Environmental Protection Agency (confirmed); Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation (invited); Sherice Perry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited); John Balbus, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (confirmed); Ko Barrett, NOAA (confirmed); Shalanda Baker, Department of Energy (invited)
  • Congressional Panel & Q&A: Opening Address: Senator Edward Markey (confirmed)

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DEIA Working Group

The Climate Program Office (CPO) seeks to advance scientific understanding, monitoring, and prediction of climate and its impacts to enable effective decisions. It is our vision that CPO reflects and leverages the talent and diversity of its employees to ensure people, businesses, and the environment continue to thrive in the face of climate impacts.

CPO’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Working Group was formed in the summer of 2020 in response to civil rights movements across the country. CPO leadership recognized the importance of acknowledging the pain of the nation (and staff members) and of taking action to improve DEIA initiatives and direction within the Climate Program Office. The CPO DEIA Working Group was subsequently formed. The DEIA Working Group developed a 4-year, 20-page, strategic plan to address issues within the office as well as improve outreach, targeted recruitment, and DEIA training opportunities across CPO.

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Outreach and Volunteer Efforts

CPO continues to look for opportunities to give back and contribute to our local area. Past examples of our efforts include:

CPO ‘Giveback’ Drives

    Winter 2020: CPO staff donated over 100 food and hygiene bags to the Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter as well as a $200 money order for the DC Central Kitchen soup kitchen and shelter.

    Summer 2021: CPO staff donated approximately $700 to Covenant House DC.

Earth Day Clean Up

CPO staff donated their time to clean up the Anacostia Watershed, a wetland area within an urban park that feeds into the Northwest branch of the Anacostia.

CPO staff holding food and hygiene bags

CPO Staff prepared and delivered 100+ food and hygiene bags to Bowie Interfaith Works Food Shelter




NOAA & NOAA Research Resources

CPO is a part of the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR). OAR’s unique role in NOAA’s mission of science, service and stewardship demands a diverse workforce to reflect, understand, and respond to the varied communities and stakeholders we serve. Equally important is an equitable and inclusive work environment that enhances organizational performance. OAR’s sustained commitment to strengthen diversity and equity, and nurture a culture of inclusion, is critical to the success of the preeminent research required to support weather and climate forecasting, understand and predict Earth systems, promote sustainable economic uses of America’s oceans, Great Lakes and coasts, and support communities and ecosystems so they are resilient to inevitable change.

If you'd like to learn more about NOAA and OAR efforts to increase and improve knowledge and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, please follow these links for additional information:




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