Recently, we interviewed 105 low-income Kootenay-based residents to learn about the interviewees’ basic needs, especially housing and transportation in implementing the 100% renewable energy transition. Among those interviewed, 85 were Farms to Friends participants, racialized, and low-income residents. Here are the recommendations made:

  • Prioritizing creating permanent, energy-efficient, and affordable housing for vulnerable people
  • Ensuring housing is near community services and accessible transportation
  • Increasing public transit in areas with a concentration of lower-income residents
  • Creating service on Sundays
  • Making public transportation free for seniors, children, youth, unhoused, and low-income residents
  • Ensuring sidewalk safety and accessibility
  • Supporting more options for community ride sharing
  • Prioritize hiring residents from marginalized communities to develop their skills and to do the on-the-ground work
  • Offering more education and community engagement for community gardens and community kitchen and cooking spaces
  • Advocating the municipal, provincial and federal government for a guaranteed livable income for all

13 communities in the Kootenays have committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy across all sectors no later than 2050. We needed to chat with those most vulnerable to uncover how the West Kootenay 100% Renewable Energy Plan affects and supports them.

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