NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Environmental and Climate Justice Program Goals

Environmental injustices, including climate change, have a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low income communities in the United States and around the world.

The NAACP ECJ Program was created to provide resources and support community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue by advocating for these three objectives:

  1. Reduce Harmful Emissions, Particularly Greenhouse Gases

    We combine action on shutting down coal plants and other toxic facilities at the local level, as well as building of new toxic facilities, with advocacy to strengthen development, monitoring, and enforcement of regulations at federal, state, and local levels. Also includes a focus on corporate responsibility and accountability.

  2. Advance Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy

    We work at the state level on campaigns to pass renewable energy and energy efficiency standards while simultaneously working at the local level with small businesses, unions, and others on developing demonstration projects to ensure that communities of color are accessing revenue generation opportunities in the new energy economy, while providing safer, more sustainable mechanisms for managing energy needs for our communities and beyond.

  3. ECJBlogStrengthen Community Resilience and Livability

    We work to ensure that communities are equipped to engage in sustainability/climate action planning that integrates policies and practices on advancing food justice, advocating for transportation equity, upholding civil and human rights in emergency management, and facilitate participatory democracy.



Jacqui Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program. Read Ms. Patterson’s full bio here. She can be reached at

Access the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Justice resources here.


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