Energy News discusses how a climate plan in Minneapolis fostered racial divisions.
Seven years ago, this city leapt to the front of the urban climate movement when it adopted an action plan for global warming.
Hailed by environmentalists, the plan — one of the first passed by a major U.S. city — included reforms on issues ranging from energy efficiency to waste management.
But activists say the effort launched without a critical component: the input of Minneapolis’ minority and low-income communities.
Despite efforts to correct the problem, critics say the initial lack of inclusion laid the groundwork for a climate policy that doesn’t adequately address the needs of these same communities — many of which will be disproportionately affected by the consequences of a warming planet.
Locally, it’s a situation that underscores Minneapolis’ perceived shortcomings on race — a plight exposed to the world last week with the killing of George Floyd, a black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer.