We promote practices that ensure climate solutions meet the real needs of climate-impacted communities by centering frontline leadership and accountability. Our programs provide support, and increase capacity for, community-driven planning through whole systems thinking, bold visioning, cross-sector collaboration, power building, and resourcing community-driven solutions development.
The National Association of Climate Resilience Planners (NACRP) is a national network of community-driven planning facilitators, grassroots members, and multi-sector partners that fosters effective community-driven racial and climate justice solutions through training, peer learning, referrals, and capacity-building.
Community-driven planning is about self-determination for Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian & Pacific Islander communities. More capacity in our communities to develop our own solutions and plans is what’s needed to replace the exclusionary practices of top-down planning.
Community vision is about defining for ourselves what it is we want to build together as a community, as opposed to accepting the vision that is set for us by profit motives. Facilitative leaders create space for communities to expand our understanding of what’s possible, and orient ourselves towards what’s needed for the next seven generations.
Community-driven solutions development starts with communities coming together to assess community threats and assets. Based on this analysis, facilitative leaders support groups to develop, or identify, solutions that match their community’s own unique experiences and get at the root causes of the crises we face.
No community-derived solutions or plans can move into action without community power. It takes political, economic, and cultural power to assert community priorities and ensure they are resourced and implemented. Many of the same power-building strategies and tactics that are used to stop harmful practices can be drawn on to advance transformative solutions.