About the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative

Staff

Jacqui Patterson is the Director of the NAACP Climate Justice Initiative.

Bio Info

jpatterson at naacpnet.org

Program Goals

Increase Awareness and Understanding across NAACP Units/Communities about the connection between climate change and our lives through regional and state level trainings across the country, as well as developing a clearinghouse database of informational resources.


Produce Research
on the impact of climate change on our communities, as well as assets and opportunities for leadership in a new green economy.


Build Capacity of NAACP Units/Communities to Engage in 3 Rs of Climate Justice:

  • Re-Visioning through building and advancing a new vision of what we want for our communities.
  • Resistance against policies and practices that don't work for us. 
  • Resilience in the face of a necessary transition to an existence that is impacted by climate change by building sustainable, cooperative communities.

Advance an Advocacy Agenda which promotes policies on issues such as clean energy, transportation equity, food justice, equity in urban/rural development, economic empowerment/green economy, health justice, education justice, disaster planning, housing justice, etc with desired outcomes and processes framed by four Rs:

  • Real Reductions in the emissions that are driving climate change and harming our communities
  • Reparations through resource provision for mitigation and adaptation that is controlled by our communities
  • Representation at state, local, national, and global levels in decision making around policies, programs and practices
  • Rights Based Responses that ensure that human and civil rights are upheld through the transition.

Promote Institutional Greening internally and externally so that our operations are characterized by conservation and energy efficiency and we encourage and support others to do the same.

Cultivate a Black-Green Pipeline by working with institutions to increase paid internship opportunities for students of color as well as working with unions and others to advance economic opportunities afforded by the emerging greeneconomy.

2010 HIGHLIGHTS

 Increase Awareness and Understanding across NAACP Units about the connection between climate change and our lives through trainings across the country with the development of:

Tool Kits,  Fact  Sheets, Training Modules, Video Project, and Online Resource Database

NAACP Climate Justice Initiative Publications

Produce Research on the impact of climate change on our communities, as well as assets and opportunities for leadership in a new green economy.

  • “Clearing the Air Report” (on coal power plants and their impact on climate change and our communities) COMING SOON!
  • BP Oil Drilling Disaster Investigational Study
  • Spearheaded the launch of the Gulf HBCU Consortium on Sustainability and Public Policy

Advance a Climate Justice Advocacy Agenda

Climate Justice Locally

  • September  participation in EPA Coal Ash Hearings in Virginia
  • May-October ongoing advocacy around BP Oil Drilling Disaster

 Climate Justice On the Hill

  • In March 2010, the NAACP sent a letter to the full Senate urging them to support legislation “which is effective in the battle against climate change and creates sustainable green jobs”
  • Washington Bureau Director participated in a rally on Capitol Hill in March (in advance of Earth Day) calling for passage of comprehensive and just climate change legislation.

  Promote Institutional Energy Efficiency - internally and externally so that our operations are characterized by conservation and energy efficiency and we encourage and support others to do the same:

  •   Initial Assessment of Facility and Operations
  • Youth and College Green Team at Convention

 

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