Over nine months, Puget Sound Sage and Got Green set out to learn how our communities were experiencing climate change. Led by the Climate Justice committee, they interviewed 175 people living in South Seattle/King County and 30 organizations with the goal of determining our collective priorities and lift up the message that poor people and people of color are often hit first and worst by the impacts of climate change. Our People, Our Planet, Our Power—Community Led Research in South Seattle has shaped our conversations with community, the public sector, and organizational partners as well as the development of the policy recommendations put forth in this report. This report finds that:
- Affordable Housing Crisis Tops List of Community Concerns: Over one third of survey respondents identified lack of affordable housing as the most important issue impacting their neighborhood.
- Strong Support for Strategies to Reduce Emissions: We asked survey respondents to tell us if they supported or opposed 14 different strategies, ranging from creating green jobs to improving sidewalks, to reducing carbon pollution.
- Food Insecurity Top Climate Impact: The potential for rising food costs as a result of climate change was the climate impact communities are most concerned about.