End Environmental Racism: Tell Congress to Pass Climate Equity Act!

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Environmental racism is a reality in the United States: Decades of systemic racism, in the form of unfair housing policies and government-sanctioned segregation means that “frontline communities”—poor communities, Indigenous peoples and communities of color—are commonly located in the nation’s most polluted environments and locations that are vulnerable to risks associated with the climate crisis.

U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) and U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) have drafted legislation to address environmental racism: the Climate Equity Act, which holds the government accountable to frontline communities when it considers a policy, regulation or investment with a climate or environmental nexus.

“Climate change is an existential threat—it’s critical we act now to achieve a cleaner, safer, and healthier future. But it is not enough to simply cut emissions and end our reliance on fossil fuels. We must ensure that communities already contending with unsafe drinking water, toxic air, and lack of economic opportunity are not left behind,” said Sen. Harris.

“Climate change represents not only the greatest threat to our species, but one of our greatest economic opportunities,” said Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. “The Climate Equity Act ensures that as we go forward to solve our climate crisis, we are focusing on communities most impacted by the crisis and the transition to renewable energy.”

Tell your senators and representatives to co-sponsor and support the Climate Equity Act!