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The American Jobs Plan is an unmissable moment for communities across the country to address the legacy of urban freeways and set a new course for a more equitable future. It’s absolutely critical that as we begin to reimagine and build the transportation infrastructure of the 21st century that we do not repeat the mistakes of “urban renewal” initiatives of the 1950s and 1960s. These programs boosted urban growth but through the buildout of new freeways, razed housing, and ripped through neighborhoods, displacing more than a million Americans during the first two decades of the federal interstate system.
Take a listen to the recent conversation with Rep. Nikema Williams of Georgia’s 5th District and Third Way’s Jared DeWese on why the congresswoman has prioritized undoing the damage done by highway construction projects and how this will directly benefit her district in Atlanta (and others like it).
Then consider some additional reading to understand why addressing equity and environmental justice in transportation infrastructure is so crucial:
High heels, wigs, and full makeup may not be the attire traditionally associated with hiking in the great outdoors, yet environmentalist drag queen Pattie Gonia is using her photoshoots to bring awareness to environmental issues and make the outdoors more inclusive for all groups. As Yale Climate Connections wrote, Pattie Gonia says it starts by […]
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer A new study found that men’s consumer spending causes 16% more emissions than that of women when spending similar sums of money on goods. The study juxtaposed the spending habits of single men and women in Sweden, and found that men were more likely to spend on fuel for […]
You may recall our interview with Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn where she explained the threat that climate change poses to winter olympic sports like hers. Now that the Tokyo Summer Olympics are underway, it’s all the more evident that climate change will continue affecting summer sports in a similar fashion. In Tokyo specifically, where climate […]
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