Please help us reach our 100,000 signature goal by Dec. 29th by signing our petition to the President!
Members of the Environmental Justice community are asking President Obama to
Close the EJ Gap.
“What we need in this fight are citizens who will stand up and speak up and compel us to do what this moment demands. Understand, this is not just a job for politicians. So I’m going to need all of you, to educate your classmates, your colleagues, your parents, your friends. Tell them what’s at stake. Speak up at town halls, church groups, PTA meetings. Push back on misinformation. Speak up for the facts. Broaden the circle of those who are willing to stand up for our future. And remind everyone who represents you at every level of government that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote! Make yourself heard on this issue.”
President Barack Obama, Dahlgren Quadrangle, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., June 25, 2013
That’s what you said President Obama.
We hope you mean it.
Who are we?
The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change is a diverse national coalition of community organizations on the front line of climate change. We represent 33 community based environmental justice organizations across 19 states.
We address environmental policies that disproportionately impact disadvantaged communities.
Through our political and social movements, we aim to improve the quality of life by achieving environmental justice in communities across America.
What’s the Gap?
President Obama issued his Climate Action Plan (CAP) in June 2013.
While the President is to be commended for this action, there are many concerns that the President’s plan did not adequately represent the concerns of environmental justice communities. In addition to the fact that the word “environmental justice’ or ‘vulnerable’ was only mentioned once,
the elimination of co-pollutants and/or hotspots was not included
the strategies presented for alternative energy were not conducive to our concerns, and
health and community engagement did not seem to be a priority
His plan fails to address sufficiently the serious vulnerabilities and disparate exposures that many low income communities and communities of color experience as extreme weather continues to hit our nation with more intensity and frequency. In fact, the Forum sent a letter directly to the President and key members of his staff uplifting this concerns a couple days after the announcement of the CAP. To this day, we have not received a response.
This GAP must be closed.
In our fight for Climate Justice, we want the President and his Administration to strongly consider our recommendations for the Climate Action Plan. The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change is positioned to shape public discussion about the proposed federal agency actions. Our second formal response to the President is below.
What do we want?
The President and his Administration to formally acknowledge that environmental justice is not a part of the current Climate Action Plan.
The President and his Administration’s commitment to amend the current CAP no later than February 11, 2014, the 20th anniversary of the Environmental Justice Executive Order.
To make sure that environmental justice leaders, from the community, are a significant part of the implementation phase of the Climate Action Plan going forward.
4 easy ways to support the cause:
1. Sign our on-line “We the People” petition to the President.
2. Email or mail a letter to the President to amend the current action plan to include environmental justice. (See sample letter)
3. Join the social media party and share your voice!
Every Tuesday from Noon to 12:30 – starting on Tuesday, December 3rd until Tuesday, February 11th we encourage you to tweet/facebook the President, the White House and key Staff using the following Twitter handles.
- EJ leaders raise their voices to the president about the Climate Action Plan #EJ #hearusMr.President
- Raise your voice with EJ leaders speak to @barackobama about the Climate Action Plan #EJ
- The EJLFCC responds the @barackobama on his plan for climate action #climateaction
- #EJ leaders tell @barackobama what his climate plan is missing #climateaction
- #EJ communities need climate action too! the #EJLFCC addresses @barackobama about the Climate Action Plan #climateaction
- The #EJLFCC addresses @barackobama about what’s missing in the climate action plan #climate action
- The #EJLFCC gives @barackobama the missing #EJ pieces to the Climate Action Plan #climateaction
- @barackobama our #EJ communities need #climateaction too #EJLFCC
4. Spread the Word
Make sure your family and friends and colleagues know that regardless of race or class, we all deserve to be protected equally from the impacts of climate change.
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“If you would like to be a partner to the Forum in our campaign, please contact Dr. Jalonne L. White-Newsome at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more examples of our positions on Climate Justice and Carbon, capture and sequestration, see our RESEARCH AND RESOURCES link above.