Antonio Díaz and Dawn Curtis share a common vision: a future when their neighbors are thriving in healthy, resilient homes, schools and workplaces, and benefiting from a green economy. Díaz and Curtis are also both part of Community Climate Shift, an initiative working for equitable emissions reduction and community-driven policymaking.
Begun by the People’s Climate Innovation Center (Climate Innovation) and the Institute for Market Transformation (IMT), Community Climate Shift works to ensure that decarbonization of the built environment is led by — and meets the needs of — communities on the front lines of climate change.
“Immigrants and low-income communities of color experience the health impacts of the climate crisis first and worst,” says Díaz, director at PODER San Francisco, an environmental justice organization. “But they also know what is needed to solve these challenges.”