Climate change is a big issue to tackle, but this is a can we can’t kick down the road. Climate change disproportionately affects people of color, and the City’s draft Climate Protection and Resiliency Plan lays out a comprehensive plan that provides solutions rooted in equity and justice to help guide our future decisions as we face extreme heat, flooding and other climate-related issues.

Urban farms, local grocery stores, fewer surface parking lots, and more access to efficient transportation in all areas in the metro are micro-changes that can add up to significant impacts. Creating more walkable neighborhoods with local businesses that provide the goods and services we need, lowering emissions by lowering speeds through street calming, providing resources to weatherize homes to lower residents’ utility bills and integrating more native plants into our urban landscapes are all steps we can take to help our planet.