Equity as a Compass for Taking Action on Climate

Drawdown Georgia is focused not just on scaling climate solutions, but doing so with equity as a key value. It’s an ambitious undertaking that endeavors to be inclusive and nonpartisan — and successful — even in the midst of our state’s politically charged environment.

In a recent conversation at The Carter Center, Nathaniel Smith, co-chair of the Drawdown Georgia Leadership Council and chief equity officer of the Partnership for Southern Equity, and John Lanier, executive director of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, unpacked how the initiative centers Beyond Carbon considerations like equity and public health at the heart of the movement, not as ideas that would simply be “nice to have.”

Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley, a lifelong advocate for civil rights and Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks of Spelman College, both members of the Drawdown Georgia Leadership Council, also joined the conversation.


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