P.O. BOX 1127, EAST ORANGE, NJ 07019
Signed in as:
Signed in as:
JAMES H. WARD, III
The Environmental and Climate Justice Committee shall: (1) seek to address environmental inequities at the local level and advocate for civil rights issues (2) develop a comprehensive and holistic agenda to reduce pollution (3) advance energy efficiency and clean energy (4) build disaster resilient infrastructure policies and practices.
From California to D.C., & every place between, NAACP and Esri have been working with government, business, organizations, and community members to help others better understand the world around them. From social impact, climate, the economy and elections, our organizations have answered the critical call to bring understanding & relevant context to empower impactful decision-making and positive change. "Mapping the Movement" vision to leverage GIS in the advancement of racial justice.
Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, systematically impacts communities of color and low-income communities in the U.S. and around the world.
Environmental and climate justice is a civil rights issue. We all depend on the physical environment and its bounty.
Toxic facilities, like coal-fired power plants and incinerators, emit mercury, arsenic, lead, and other contaminants into the water, food, and lungs of communities. Many of these same facilities also emit carbon dioxide and methane — the No. 1 and No. 2 drivers of climate change. But not all people are equally impacted. Race — even more than class — is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country hit by climate change.
Environmental injustice is about people who have died and others who are chronically ill because of exposure to toxins.
Climate change is the new normal of more severe storms, like hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, which devastated communities from Boston to Biloxi. Our sisters and brothers in the Bahamas, and Inuit communities in Kivalina, Alaska, and communities in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and beyond, will risk property losses to rising sea levels in the next few years.
Climate change and environmental injustice: we work to address the many practices that are harming communities nationwide and worldwide. We fight for the policies needed to rectify these impacts and advance a society that fosters sustainable, cooperative, regenerative communities that uphold all rights for all people in harmony with the earth.
We work at the state level on campaigns to pass renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while simultaneously working to provide safer, more sustainable mechanisms for managing energy needs for our communities and beyond. We also support small businesses, unions, and others to develop demonstration projects to ensure that communities of color are accessing revenue generation opportunities in the new energy economy.
We support a transition away from fossil fuels that's comprehensive, systemic, and rooted in upholding our inalienable rights to air, water, food, housing, energy, and our livelihoods. The Environmental Justice Interagency Directive (Presidential Executive Order 12898) is rooted in ensuring there are diminished negative impacts of actions across agencies. We recommended to the Biden administration to expand this directive to ensure that racial justice is defined to include equitable distribution of quality access as we shift away from a fossil fuel economy.
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