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Seven years ago, this city leapt to the front of the urban climate movement when it adopted an action plan for global warming.
Hailed by environmentalists, the plan — one of the first passed by a major U.S. city — included reforms on issues ranging from energy efficiency to waste management.
But activists say the effort launched without a critical component: the input of Minneapolis’ minority and low-income communities.
Despite efforts to correct the problem, critics say the initial lack of inclusion laid the groundwork for a climate policy that doesn’t adequately address the needs of these same communities — many of which will be disproportionately affected by the consequences of a warming planet.