Equitable and Impactful Climate Solutions for all Angelenos
The climate emergency and its dire impacts on frontline communities in the City of Los Angeles inspired the creation of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Office (CEMO).  The office, guided by the principles of environmental justice, coordinates with the Mayor and City Council, and collaborates with City departments through meaningful engagement with frontline leaders and their communities. The activation of a community-led Climate Emergency Commission (CEC), ongoing community assemblies and virtual events, and broad public mobilization will be key to the effective implementation of equitable and just climate policies and execution of LA’s Green New Deal.
Equitable Community Driven Engagement
The CEMO will focus on addressing and engaging the voices of frontline and Indigenous communities and their leadership to create a dialogue that will help prevent unintended consequences sometimes created by well-meaning policy initiatives. Climate change is adversely impacting frontline communities unequally and has created historical and direct health and economic threats to our communities of color. These communities are the most exposed to all types of pollution and have the least access to health care and the tools of government that others more easily access to protect their families and their neighborhoods. Clean energy options may be unaffordable to frontline communities, in contrast to more affluent consumers and early adopters. Frontline communities just don’t have the income or access to capital investment that would allow them to make use of incentives offered for energy efficiency programs. Therefore, we will seek to co-design our engagement plan and process with community leaders, and through our Commission and a Stakeholder Engagement Task Force.
The CEMO will convene ongoing Community Assemblies in coordination with frontline organizations and other key stakeholders throughout Los Angeles. These sessions will help to integrate community knowledge and inform the Climate Emergency Commission (CEC) as they establish priorities through the forthcoming Equitable Climate Action Roadmap. This will in turn advise the City Council, Mayor and City departments on the community driven priorities. [Read More]
Core Functions of CEMO
The CEMO, through its director, will serve as the liaison to the Commission and community assemblies to shape policy, develop and execute an Equitable Climate Action Roadmap (ECAR) and accelerate realization of the City’s climate change mitigation goals. The Office will implement strategies within the City of LA in alignment with the Green New Deal, priorities and policies set by the Mayor, City Council , Board of Public Works and the Chief Sustainability Officers of every City department. The CEMO will work to identify and enact equitable strategies and policies to prevent, mitigate and undo impacts from pollution and economic disinvestments from our past - and to ensure that frontline communities have a strong voice in policy and decision-making in the City of Los Angeles.
At its core, the CEMO will:
- Work to ensure City climate policies are built on equity and justice and avoid unintended consequences;
- Facilitate the voices of the Community Assemblies and the Climate Emergency Commission;
- Innovate governance strategies to ensure communities and equitable solutions are at the heart of the City’s climate strategy; and
- Coordinate and collaborate with City leaders to achieve the goals of LA’s Green New Deal.
About the CEMO Director, Marta Segura M.P.H.
Segura is a strategic, resourceful environmental and health and justice advocate with a focus on social equity, appointed as the first-ever Climate Emergency Mobilization Director (CEMD). She is also a leading expert in community health and engagement and has worked directly with public, philanthropic, private, institutional and non-profit sectors to design, implement, and drive community and policy-driven programs that promote healthier and more engaged communities. Ms. Segura holds a Master’s of Public Health (MPH) from UCLA. She previously served as Program Officer for the California Endowment and the first Latina Program Director for UCLA-LOSH and Labor Center. She was the first Statewide Organizing Director in Los Angeles, for Communities for a Better Environment during its nascent years in Southern California, and was ultimately promoted to the role of Statewide Associate Director. She also worked in creating parks and open space in the early years of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust. Marta served on the L.A. City Planning Commission, and as the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion Board Committee at the Los Angeles League of Conservation Voters, as well as on the Board of the Southern California Leadership Network. Marta has broken many glass ceilings for her community, and served as a mentor to many, while consistently committing to building and connecting the voices that lead to healthier, thriving communities.
Marta is the daughter of cannery workers and knows all too well what it is like to grow up with childhood asthma, excessive air pollution living next to freeways, and segregated substandard schools, not unlike many frontline communities she collaborates with today. Segura also experienced housing displacement as a result of a project that demolished her entire neighborhood in San Jose.