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Climate Justice

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Miami-Dade County is known internationally as “ground zero” for climate change impacts. As the climate crisis intensifies, Miami-Dade County’s low-income populations are likely to be disproportionately burdened. Given the economic disparity in our community, it is essential for residents to be a part of the solution and for social justice to be central to the future of our region. 

Catalyst Miami’s climate resilience work builds grassroots climate leadership, supports innovative climate adaptation projects, and advocates for more meaningful community engagement in the development of climate policy. Our CLEAR climate justice leadership program maximizes the opportunity to reduce structural poverty by preparing Miami-Dade County’s vulnerable communities for the threats of climate change and providing them with opportunities to educate others and advocate for solutions. 

In addition, Catalyst Miami is committing to the following climate justice policy priorities. 

In 2020, we will work to...
  • establish a 100% renewable energy commitment from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami;
  • ensure equity in municipal sustainability plans;
  • explore policy solutions on the intersections of climate and health;
  • monitor and advocate for community engagement in infrastructure development, such as through the Miami Forever Bond; and
  • improve government hurricane response.
At the state level, we will advocate for...
  • increased investment in septic tank conversion for low-wealth residents;
  • labor rights for outdoor workers exposed to extreme heat; and
  • sea level rise impact assessments for state-funded infrastructure projects.