The Solutions Project analyzed more than 2,300 news and opinion pieces on renewable energy published in 2018 and “found that only 21 percent referenced women, and fewer than 10 percent referenced communities of color that are disproportionately affected by climate change. “
The Solutions Project executive director Sarah Stanley Hope argued that communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change can provide important inputs in developing solutions to the problem. She mentioned the People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH) community solar project in Buffalo, New York where an abandoned school was converted into a community theater and housing for the elderly powered by solar energy.
The Solutions Project is calling on other grant-making organizations to pledge at least 10 percent of their funding to groups led by women of color. Hope also said that directing funds to environmental justice communities can help the launch of innovative projects and also help disseminate the information that “change is possible.”