Create Multiple Benefits through Equitable Climate Action
1. REDUCE ENERGY BILL BURDEN FOR MIAMI-DADE HOUSEHOLDS
Energy burden is defined as spending 6% or more on your income on your monthly electricity bill. Miami's low-income households have an energy burden that is 3x higher than their non-low-income counterparts (ACEEE, 2020). Energy efficiency programs are how we reduce energy burden, and are also the quickest, most cost-effective way to begin to address the climate crisis.
2. PREPARE & PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES FROM EXTREME HEAT & FLOODING
Miami-Dade County residents experience over 77 more days over 90°F than in 1970 (Climate Central, 2020). Scientists predict that by 2036, more than half the days each year will record temperatures over 90°F in Miami-Dade. Our outdoor workers, public transit riders, and households without affordable, reliable air conditioning are disproportionately exposed to the health harms of extreme heat. At the same time, sea-level rise contributes to flooding and stronger storms that impact our mobility, building quality, health and safety.
3. CHAMPION A JUST TRANSITION TO RENEWABLE ENERGY
Climate justice means that our responses to the climate crisis must provide multiple benefits for everyone, starting with the people who have the fewest resources to cope or adapt to the hazards and stressors.. In Miami-Dade, low-wealth neighborhoods and historically disadvantaged groups (e.g., recent immigrants; pregnant people; people living with disabilities, chronic illness, or critical care needs) bear disproportionate burdens. We must take bold, swift action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address the climate crisis in a way that builds community-level resilience.
Primary Partners: Community Leadership on the Environment Advocacy and Resilience (CLEAR) program alumni, Miami Climate Alliance, The Miami Foundation, Florida International University, Florida Clinicians for Climate Action, Solar and Energy Loan Fund (SELF), South Florida Community Development Coalition, The Allapattah Collaborative CDC, Florida Rising, University of Miami Office of Civic & Community Engagement, University of Miami Climate Risk and Preparedness Research Group, WeCount!, TAPARI, The Nature Conservancy, Konscious Kontractors, CLEO Institute, People’s Economic and Environmental Resiliency (PEER) Group, and Earthjustice.