The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County enthusiastically supports the City of Milwaukee Climate and Economic Equity Plan. We urge the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee to approve it for consideration by the Common Council. The Plan is the City’s response to local inequities and climate change, the existential danger already threatening humans and all life on planet Earth.
The League deeply appreciates the work of the City-County Climate and Economic Equity Plan since its inception in 2019. We also commend the City’s current leadership for pushing forward the City’s overarching and visionary Plan. The latter is a workable template for locally addressing climate change and economic equity. It promises to move the City toward an inclusive and economically and environmentally viable future. Finally, we greatly value the City’s leadership; it offers
momentum for adoption of the City-County Plan by Milwaukee County and the County’s 18 remaining municipalities.
Many League Social Policy and Natural Resources positions support the goals of the City’s Climate and Equity Plan. At the same time, the League clearly understands the significant challenges of the Plan:
To reduce community-wide net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 45% by the year 2030 and achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or sooner.
While also reducing racial and income inequality through the creation of permanent living wage green jobs for people who live in the most impoverished Milwaukee neighborhoods.
The 10 Big Ideas of the Plan summarize its goals and offers solutions to the challenges faced.
The League understands that meeting these ambitious goals will take a practical “all of the above” strategy that includes utilizing existing programs at every level of government, collaborating with electric power interests and committing sufficient financial resources in each budget to these programs.
The thorough, well-conceived 10 Big Ideas of the Plan provide the conceptual nexus to solve many local issues and contribute to the long-term health of our City’s economy and of all the people who live here. We must move now to address climate change and local economic inequities. Time is short! We have a Plan! Let’s move forward with the Plan.
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