Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative

The Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative is a diverse, consensus-based group of U.S. environmental justice, climate justice, religious, policy, and advocacy networks working together to promote just and meaningful climate policy. Our mission is to educate and activate the people of North America towards the creation and implementation of just climate policies in both domestic and international contexts.

To that end, we train new leaders and push for policies that protect the most vulnerable from the impacts of climate change and foster a just transition to a future free from fossil fuels. We support energy efficiency, renewable energy, and conservation policies while seeking equitable measures to protect and assist the communities most affected by climate change.

The EJCC’s goals are to:

  • Redefine the debate about climate in the United States;
  • Induce industry & government accountability,
  • Integrate a youth voice that is prepared for a long-run fight, and
  • Raise the resources necessary for success of the initiative.

Global warming, or climate change, is fundamentally an issue of human rights and environmental justice that connects the local to the global. With rising temperatures, human lives—particularly in people of color, low-income, and Indigenous communities—are affected by compromised health, financial burdens, and social and cultural disruptions. Moreover, those who are most affected are least responsible for the greenhouse gas emissions that cause the problem—both globally and within the United States.

Climate justice is a movement from the grassroots to realize solutions to our climate and energy problems that ensure the right of all people to live, work, play, and pray in safe, healthy, and clean environments. We envision a just transition to a future free from fossils fuels that protects the most vulnerable from the impacts of climate change.

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