Blog — Climate Justice

Geopolitics of Climate Change—A Civil Rights Perspective

It is apt that this convening would have a session on the “Geopolitics of Climate Change” because the distribution of effects of the drivers and impacts across the climate change continuum are both geographically based and politically rooted.


Here’s what frontline communities are pushing for at the Paris climate talks

Our first blog from COP21: As representatives of communities of color on the frontlines of climate change, we appreciate the sentiments of hope, ambition, accountability, and commitment in President Obama’s remarks at the Paris climate talks. We also appreciate the president’s current and proposed actions: increasing energy efficiency; keeping fossil fuels in the ground; transitioning to clean energy; eradicating poverty; and preserving the planet for future generations.


Environmental Justice in Houston: A Human Rights Tribunal

When I was presented with the charge to coordinate a Human Rights Tribunal, I was nervous and excited at the same time. I remember two things going through my mind during that moment. The first thought was that this hearing was much needed for the Houston community, and my second one was, “Where do I start?” Little did I know that this experience would change my life and perspective on the role that environmental justice is taking in communities of color and beyond.


Putting Together a Human Rights Tribunal: Organizing Efforts in San Jose

In an effort to respond to the deeper environmental issues we face in this community, I am organizing a climate justice Human Rights Tribunal. The tribunal will give community members affected by such issues the opportunity to speak up, testify, ask questions, suggest solutions, and get informed. By educating local communities on the issues, I believe we can achieve environmental justice and equality for the sake of a better quality of life for all.


Get to Know Our Youth Delegates to the Paris Climate Talks: Joshua Turnquest

Through the racial justice lens and the analysis of the differential impact of climate change on communities of color worldwide, the delegation will emphasize the imperative for aggressive action by the US Government (USG) on emissions reduction, advancement of energy efficiency and clean energy, and capacity building of communities towards resilience, the three pillars of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.


Get to Know Our Youth Delegates to the Paris Climate Talks: Jylise Smith

Through the racial justice lens and the analysis of the differential impact of climate change on communities of color worldwide, the delegation will emphasize the imperative for aggressive action by the US Government (USG) on emissions reduction, advancement of energy efficiency and clean energy, and capacity building of communities towards resilience, the three pillars of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.


Get to Know Our Youth Delegates to the Paris Climate Talks: Helen Kassa

Through the racial justice lens and the analysis of the differential impact of climate change on communities of color worldwide, the delegation will emphasize the imperative for aggressive action by the US Government (USG) on emissions reduction, advancement of energy efficiency and clean energy, and capacity building of communities towards resilience, the three pillars of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program.


NAACP to host Twitter Town Hall on the Intersections of Race and Climate in the Run-up to COP 21

The NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall with our youth delegates headed to the Paris Climate Talks this year. Join the conversation!


Mandatory Fees: Utilities Fight the Future at the Expense of Our Civil Rights

Utilities are pushing for mandatory fee increases in 22 states, with new proposals expected in six additional states within the next 12 months. This isn’t a coincidence. It’s part of a concerted effort to push back against a healthier, greener economy that can provide good jobs for our communities. So how does something as seemingly obscure as mandatory fee increases fit into NAACP’s civil rights agenda? Well, they often force higher costs disproportionately onto people who use the least electricity and can least afford higher bills.


A Moral Critique Is Needed [Video]

Note: These were the fully scheduled remarks that were shortened due to time restraints. We gather here today as one human family to raise our moral voices and to welcome Pope Francis and his message that true faith is not a disengagement from the challenges of the world but an embrace of those very challenges.


Coal Blooded: Systemic Corruption Steals Mine Workers’ Rights and Lives

“If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention”. This adage came to mind this morning when the first message in my inbox was a message from a newly found colleague, Maureen McCue of Physicians for Social Responsibility. She shared the 2nd installment in the Center for Public Integrity’s (CPI) series “Breathless and Burned: Dying of Black Lung and Buried by Law and Medicine” with me. I was sick to my stomach and ashamed of my alma mater, the Johns Hopkins institution.


Leading the Charge: The Power of Black Clergy in the Fight for Climate Justice

Black faith leaders have a critical role as we expand the fight for environmental justice to encompass an explicit climate justice lens.


BlackLivesMatter, Criminalization, and Disaster Justice

As we prepare for more frequent and more damaging disasters, it behooves us, on this, the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall, to render visible how climate change and the inequities of the criminal justice system intersect and compound, as stated by #BlackLivesMatter, “the loss of healthy and thriving Black life and well-being.”


NAACP, NOAA, and Climate Central Offer Joint Training to Support Local Leadership on Sea Level Rise

NAACP, NOAA, and Climate Central co-hosted a training of trainers on sea level rise risk and action planning.


Sunshine After the Storm: Katrina 10th Anniversary Commemoration Summit

NAACP remembers Hurricane Katrina, training the community


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