The promise -- and perceived peril -- of bringing green amenities to low-income communities

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Support for climate cast comes from bank of america financing clean energy initiatives and advancements in renewable energy and spurring innovation and the growth of environmentally focused companies markets. It gets in jobs bank of america n._a. Member f._d._i._c. new inclusive climate change solution. I'm n._p._r. Chief meteorologist paul paul hutton here. This is climate. The minneapolis foundation has awarded its first round of grants designed to involve involve low income diverse communities in climate change initiatives. One of those is an effort from the city of saint paul x._l. Energy and our car to bring <unk> shared electric cars and charging stations to lower income communities but what will it take to get buy in from residents. Shomar givens is senior program officer at the kresge foundation and she just wrapped up a nationwide effort to bring climate solutions to fifteen low income communities. She joins me via skype shomar. Thanks for taking the time to talk with us on climate cast today but thank you for having me. I really appreciate it. Correct me if i'm wrong but i think i've seen some polls that show people of color and low income communities is are really strong advocates of climate solutions so i'm wondering what are the best methods that we can use to engage that support absolutely as poll well after poll after poll instead you have to study that shows that communities of color in particular are some of our strongest environmental advocates. I think the challenge is that these communities for a very long time have not been engaged in a way that connects the dots to their lived experiences communities of color low income communities are are disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards cumulative hazard and are often you know the first and worst hit by climate change however there's been a framing of climate that has not necessarily resonated with these communities but when you engage these communities and really connect that to the economic social public the health issues that they're facing every day. It's like a high of course and they become your strongest advocates. There's a project here in the twin cities. He's called our car that would bring shared electric vehicles into low income neighborhoods and i'm curious how your view that kind of green infrastructure structure project in a neighborhood versus more of a policy initiative at a broader level. I think that having electric infrastructure along communities is a good good thing. I do think that <hes> there is a tension right across the country about how we do i. I think it's not what we do. Right is how we do it. I think it's important martin to really get their voice around the best way right that we're deploying this type of electric vehicle infrastructure and we know that in this real estate had an income scenario that we live in these days you know it's hard for a lot of people to find affordable places to live so if we bring it infrastructure into low income home neighborhoods does the issue of gentrification become something we need to consider. There are communities that worry and are actually afraid to bring green.

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