Climate Justice Initiative

Climate Justice Initiative

Global climate change has a disproportionate impact on communities of color in the United States and around the world. The NAACP Climate Justice Initiative was created to educate and mobilize communities to address this human and civil rights issue.



               

When folks think about climate change, the first things some people think of are melting ice caps and suffering polar bears. However, many fail to make the connection in terms of the direct impact on our own lives, families, and communities.

Climate Change is about Katrina, Rita, and Ike devastating communities in Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, and Texas, Climate Change is about our sisters and brothers in the Bahamas who will be losing their homes to rising sea levels in the coming few years. Climate Change is about people in Detroit, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere who have died and are dying of exposure to toxins from coal fired power plants.

Climate Change is about sisters and brothers in West Virginia who are breathing toxic ash from blasting for mountain top removal. Climate Change is about our folks in Thibodeaux, Louisiana who are being forced to move within the next 10 years because rising sea levels will result in the submersion of the coastal land that is their home currently.

It's about the fact that race--over class--is the number one indicator for the placement of toxic facilities in this country. Climate change is about the fact that in our communities it is far easier to find a bag of Cheetos than a carton of strawberries.

Climate Change is about us.

Blog Posts

Why Public Utilities/Service Commissions Are Important to the NAACP

Public Utilities Commissions/Public Service Commissions hold power over key decisions related to the energy resources, we detail why we work to ensure equality in this area.

Equity in Resilience Building for Climate Adaptation Planning

NAACP addresses climate change and how it affects our community.

Why is the NAACP Participating in the UN Climate Talks?

The NAACP is a part of the UN talks about climate change.

NAACP President/CEO Brooks discusses Ferguson

NAACP President/CEO Brooks stopped by CBS' Face the Nation to discuss stand with demonstrations and need for systemic reform.