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Yaira Robinson Joins Local Leaders to Discuss Paris Climate Negotiations
On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Texas Interfaith Center Associate Director Yaira Robinson participated in a panel discussion at "The Paris Climate Agreement: An Austin Perspective," a public forum hosted by Austin EcoNetwork and the Rainforest Partnership.
Austin Mayor Steve Adler kicked off the event by describing the conversations between local leaders from around the world about best practices for addressing climate change on the local level. He recalled, "the importance of the cities being there... is really significant.... The real work, the work in the trenches, the decisions about what is going to be the goals that are set... those decisions are made at the local level. It was really exciting to be there with mayors of other cities, like-minded, involved in this project, because that's where the real change is being done."
After the mayor's presentation, a panel of Austinites featuring Yaira Robinson; Niyanta Spelman of The Rainforest Partnership; and Brittany Foley, a student at Huston-Tillotson University, spoke about their experiences in Paris and how we can apply lessons learned here in Texas.
Yaira shared, "Climate change leads to extremism and global conflicts, so we must think ahead on building more resilient human communities."
You can listen to the full presentation and panel online courtesy of Austin EcoNetwork.