Douglas County sustainability team to hold climate effects focus group with BIPOC community members

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BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) community members are invited to share how climate issues affect their communities as part of a session with the Douglas County sustainability team.

The Douglas County Sustainability Advisory Team would like to hear from BIPOC individuals living in the county as the team is currently developing a communitywide Climate Action Plan, according to the event’s registration form.

The discussion will be facilitated by community activist and organizer Alex Kimball Williams. 

Kimball Williams also facilitated a focus group for Indigenous community members on Dec. 7 as part of the sustainability team’s effort to understand how specific community groups are impacted by climate issues. Some other groups that have participated in tailored sessions were first responders, Eudora and Unincorporated Townships, and Human Services, according to the Community Climate Action website.

In addition to contributing valuable perspectives to assist with the Climate Action Plan, Kimball Williams previously said the purpose of these sessions is to give people the chance to “ask the sustainability office any questions and learn more about public policy and climate change.”

The BIPOC community listening session is scheduled for 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont St. Register to attend in-person at this link or virtually via Zoom at this link. Registering for the event will help organizers with planning for a free meal that will be provided.

For more information about these focus groups and the Douglas County Climate Action Plan, visit

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Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter, can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. Read more of her work for the Times here. Check out her staff bio here.

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