UN-Habitat recently released its biannual World Cities Report 2022: Envisioning the Future of Cities. The report examines existing trends, challenges, and opportunities facing urban areas around the world in the aftermath of the pandemic. Chapter 5 titled “Securing a Greener Urban Future,” provides recommendations on the ways city governments can achieve net zero emissions, transition to sustainable modes of transportation, build urban resilience to climate change, engage community groups in city-wide adaptation planning, and introduce nature-based solutions to manage climate impacts.
This Experiential Learning Farm Helps Youth Build a Better World
Located on land that was once an important stopover point in the Underground Railroad, Freetown Farm in Columbia, Maryland offers young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to develop a deeper relationship to the land and to their community.
The “Solar For All” Initiative Brings Clean Energy to Low and Middle Income D.C. Residents
Community Solar can bring the benefits of renewable energy to communities that typically do not have access to solar power. This article discusses the various financing mechanisms for community solar projects designated for low and moderate income (LMI) communities.
Green Space in Cities can Bring Considerable Health Benefits for Communities, But Access is Unequal
Compared to Affluent White Communities, Underrepresented Communities are Missing Out on the Advantages Urban Greenery Provides. What Does it Take to Level the Playing Field? This article was supported by a diversity grant from the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). Re-published by Yes! Magazine.
A young environmental justice leader on the value of getting young people into nature
In an interview for Environmental Health News (EHN), environmental justice activist Damar Garcia shares her insights about the health disparities among urban youth due to unequal access to green space. She also discusses the resources and policy changes environmental justice organizations need to expand their efforts to bring green space to communities of color in cities.
A Look at Why Environmentalism Is So Homogenous – And How Organizations Might Cultivate Genuine Diversity
As efforts grow around the U.S. to recognize and eradicate systemic racism, people of color share insights on how to create a more diverse environmental workforce. The article was selected by Ensia (www.ensia.com) as one of the ten stories from 2020 which deserves a first or second look.
Innovative Local Government Solutions for Climate Migrants
How can fragile cities strengthen their institutional capacities to deal with the influx of internal, climate migrants? The article introduces some innovative city government solutions to support climate migrants living and working within their jurisdictions.
Fragile cities are being inundated with people fleeing the impacts of climate change
Multi-stakeholder partnerships that include displaced people in the process show promise for helping overwhelmed communities deal with an influx of climate migrants from rural areas. Re-published by Global Diaspora News, Eco Watch, Canadian Global Affairs Institute, All Africa, Know Disasters Magazine, among others.
The Outdoor Business Climate Partnership: A Powerful Voice to Protect the Planet
As a result of diminished snowfall due to climate change, the winter tourism industry in the United States is in danger. The Outdoor Business Climate Partnership is working to raise awareness about the detrimental impacts of climate change, with a focus on the impacts for winter tourism and associated businesses and communities.