Environmental Justice at UUCC
Environmental Justice is both a prime motivator of, and a key goal for, the UUCC Climate Crisis team and our projects. Environmental Justice focuses on the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people, especially those on the margins, in environment and climate issues.
Not surprisingly, the climate crisis disproportionately adversely affects the poor and the less powerful. Because of this, fighting against climate change is in and of itself a social justice and environmental justice cause.
The UUCC Climate Crisis team has targeted projects to support people who are being disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. We have active Climate Crisis projects for Women & Girls, Youth and in legislative Advocacy. UUCC is also very active in Racial Justice issues.
Green New Deal
Understanding the Green New Deal. Owen Brown resident and leader of Our Revolution Howard County, Paul Baicich, presented a Zoom forum at 7:30pm on Monday, September 28 in response to multiple requests about better understanding the “Green New Deal.” There were multiple versions of a Green New Deal, but they all focus on climate, jobs, and equity. The presentation will started by describing the “original” Green New Deal (also known as the AOC or AOC/Markey Green New Deal, or HR109 and S.Res.59). We then compared and contrasted HR109 to the Climate Policy elements from the Biden/Sanders Unity Task Force. For more information, click here.
Racial Justice is Climate Justice
Please watch this NAACP video about the intersectionality of racial and climate justice, and consider signing the associated petition.
Climate Change is also a Racial Justice Problem
The Washington Post
- I’m a black climate expert. Racism derails our efforts to save the planet. By Ayana Elizabeth Johnson
The Washington Post
- Omission of air pollution from report on Covid-19 and race ‘astonishing’ Failure to consider dirty air as a factor in higher death toll among ethnic minorities wholly irresponsible, say critics.
- In this op-ed Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr. of Hip Hop Caucus explores and explains why the destruction of our planet means greater harm to Black and marginalized communities