The 2016 election is a moment of great opportunity in the engagement of African American and young voters. The opportunity lies in converting the tremendous surge of Black voters from 2008 and 2012 into a population of consistent voters who are educated and motivated to vote their values at the polls. Launching in October of 2016, the Changing the Climate Tour is a 10-city initiative designed to elevate issues of importance to the African American community through lively discussions led by a panel of nationally known advocates, entertainers, politicos, students and journalists.
While notable issues like education, criminal justice reform and economic opportunity will be at the heart of the discussions, the tour will also focus on environmental equity and climate change as umbrella issues that have particular implications for the black community. For as the water crisis in Flint, Michigan highlights, all other issues come to a standstill if people don’t have clean water, air and food.