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  • Don Cheadle: Home.

  • It's where we celebrate our triumphs,

  • make our memories and confront our challenges.

  • And these days there are plenty of those.

  • An historic pandemic, wildfires, floods and hurricanes

  • all threaten our basic safety.

  • These challenges hit even harder

  • in communities that have been cut out of equal opportunities.

  • In the US, unfair and racist housing policies,

  • called redlining,

  • have for decades forced Black, brown, Indigenous and poor white families

  • into areas rife with toxic chemicals that make people sick.

  • They are surrounded by concrete that traps heat.

  • Extreme temperatures demand more cooling,

  • more money, more energy, more carbon.

  • Our problems are interconnected.

  • Imagine all we can do when we realize the solutions are too.

  • At the Solutions Project,

  • we've seen that some of the people most impacted by COVID-19,

  • least likely to have a steady place to call home

  • and most affected by the damage to our climate

  • are already working on effective and scalable solutions.

  • Take Buffalo and Miami,

  • where affordable housing has become a community solution

  • to the climate crisis.

  • Rahwa Ghirmatzion: Buffalo, New York, is the third poorest city

  • in the United States

  • and sixth most segregated,

  • but our people power is strong.

  • Over the last 15 years, my organization, PUSH Buffalo,

  • has been working with residents to build green affordable housing,

  • deploy renewable energy

  • and to grow the resilience and power in our communities.

  • When we saw heating bills soar over the last decade,

  • we organized to pass state policy,

  • help small businesses

  • and to put our people to work weatherizing homes.

  • We responded with eco-landscaping and green infrastructure.

  • When record rainfalls flooded our neighborhoods,

  • we replaced the concrete that overwhelmed and made heat waves unbearable.

  • Let us visit School 77,

  • an 80,000-square-foot public school building

  • that was closed and abandoned for nearly a decade.

  • But PUSH Buffalo and the community

  • transformed it into solar-powered, affordable senior apartments

  • and a community center.

  • This is what the community wanted.

  • When private developers were eyeing that school building

  • for high-end loft apartments,

  • 800 residents mobilized and came up with the plan.

  • We became New York State's first community solar project

  • and during the coronavirus pandemic, a volunteer-run Mutual Aid Hub.

  • Zelalem Adefris: At Catalyst Miami and the Miami Climate Alliance,

  • we work with dozens of other organizations

  • to enact policies that provide safe housing

  • and protect the climate.

  • Here in Miami, we've seen a 400-percent increase in tidal flooding

  • between 2006 and 2016

  • and have seen 49 additional 90-degree days per year since 1970.

  • We fought for the Miami Forever Bond to fund 400 million dollars

  • for affordable housing and climate solutions.

  • Yet every day, we continue to see luxury high-rise condos

  • being built in our neighborhoods,

  • adding more concrete and heat on the ground.

  • Some of our members are taking matters into their own hands, literally.

  • Conscious Contractors is a Grassroots Collective

  • that formed during Hurricane Irma

  • to protect, rebuild and beautify our communities,

  • all while increasing energy efficiency.

  • They don't think that anyone should have to choose

  • between paying a high AC bill

  • and living in a hot and moldy house that will worsen respiratory illnesses

  • such as asthma or coronavirus.

  • They fix problems at the source.

  • Advocates across the country are holding their governments accountable

  • to climate solutions that keep their communities in place.

  • We need to push for more affordable housing,

  • green infrastructure and flood protections

  • because these are the solutions that solve many problems at once.

  • DC: Climate change is the epic challenge of our lives,

  • but we're confident we can solve it.

  • Community leaders like Rahwa and Zelalem are already doing it.

  • We can create the future we want,

  • but getting there is going to take everyone contributing

  • around the world, wherever we call home.

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Community-powered solutions to the climate crisis | Rahwa Ghirmatzion and Zelalem Adefris

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