NAACP Statement on National Climate AssessmentMay 06, 2014
(Baltimore, MD) – The NAACP issued the following statement in response to the release of the National Climate Assessment by the Obama Administration:
From Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP Director of Environmental and Climate Justice:
“Today’s report serves as a stark reminder that climate change remains a real and imminent threat to our communities. Extreme weather, pollution from fossil fuels and toxic emissions not only affect all aspects of our lives from health to economics to education, but also disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color. We must take the finding from this report seriously and make the necessary changes to protect our environment. Critical steps must include building sustainable communities, restructuring the electricity grid to emphasizing energy efficiency and clean energy, building equitable and resilient housing, integrating equity into the emergency management continuum, and more. We must seize this opportunity to protect our communities now, tomorrow and for generations to come.”
In 2012, the NAACP released the report Coal Blooded that ranked the environmental justice performance of the nation’s 378 coal fired power plants. In 2013, the NAACP released Just Energy Policies, a report that evaluates energy policy in all 50 states from a civil rights perspective.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.