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Petition the Obama Administration to Make Environmental Justice Part of the Climate Action Plan

December 20, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

President Obama’s Climate Action Plan laid out some important steps his administration will take to tackle climate change, including setting standards to curtail global warming emissions from power plants, investing in renewable energy, taking measures to help build resilience, and forging international partnerships to lower emissions.

However, the plan was largely silent on a key aspect of climate change: in the United States, the impacts of climate change disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Damages from severe weather, excessive heat, droughts, and flooding fall most heavily on these communities. When we think about how to address the climate problem, we need to take this fundamental inequity into account.

Petition the Obama Administration to make environmental justice part of the Climate Action Plan.

Key agencies like the EPA have individually expressed a strong commitment to environmental justice issues. As the administration moves toward implementing the plan, this is an important opportunity to make a high-level commitment to embedding equity in all its climate policies.

UCS is working to support members of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum as they ask the White House to “close the gap” and make environmental justice a key part of the Climate Action Plan. They ask that the White House make a formal response to their statement, and amend the current plan so that it addresses equity issues squarely and fairly.

Please add your name to the petition today and support a climate action plan that helps us all. If the petition receives 100,000 signers by December 29, 2013, the White House is obligated to respond.

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