51 Leading Environmental Advocacy and Public Health Organizations Recommend
More than 50 advocacy organizations today called on leaders in Congress to make significant investments to accelerate the transition to a just 100% clean economy as part of an economic recovery. The requests, made in a letter delivered to House and Senate leadership, are supported by leading environmental, justice, and public health organizations.
“At the outset of the 117th Congress, the United States is confronted by the extraordinary and connected crises of the global pandemic, economic recession, deep racial injustice, a rapidly destabilizing climate, and democratic backsliding. Few sessions of Congress have ever shouldered a greater responsibility. Among the many acts of leadership that will be necessary, making it safely through these crises will require comprehensive and sustained federal investment to recover, rebuild, and lay the foundation for a more just and stable future,” the organizations wrote.
The organizations are calling for federal investments across the economy, from clean energy generation to agriculture, from cleantech to affordable housing and initiatives to bolster the environmental justice communities who currently bear the brunt of the climate crisis.
Targeted investments in clean energy infrastructure have the power to reduce dangerous pollution from our air and water, provide millions of good-paying jobs, improve resilience to climate disasters, provide equitable housing and transportation for all communities, enhance public health, and improve the quality of life of low-wealth communities and communities of color hit hardest by pollution and the climate crisis.
The groups leading the coalition sign-on letter include Alaska Wilderness League, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Azul, Black Millennials 4 Flint, Center for American Progress, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Air Task Force, Climate Health Now, Climate Reality Project, The CLEO Institute, Coalition for Green Capital, Defend our Future, Earth Action, Inc., Earthjustice, Earthworks, Elected Officials to Protect America, Environmental Defense Fund, The Evangelical Environmental Network, Generation Progress, Green Education and Legal Fund, Green the Church, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, Hispanic Access Foundation, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), Interfaith Power & Light, Justice for Migrant Women, League of Conservation Voters, Moms Clean Air Force, Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance, National Audubon Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Resources Defense Council, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Social Responsibility—Arizona, PBR New Mexico, Queer Brown Vegan, Sierra Club, Texas Impact, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, Union of Concerned Scientists, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, USCAN, The Vermont Climate and Health Alliance, Voices for Progress, Western Organization of Resource Councils, The Wilderness Society, and Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action.
“There is a moral imperative for climate action and environmental equity in the nation. The Black faith community believes that it’s our responsibility to protect God’s creation,” says Rev. Dr. Ambrose Carroll, CEO and founder of Green The Church. “We must act on climate change and sustainability to protect the greatest gift God has bestowed on us – our planet. As climate change accelerates, it becomes more clear each day that those who will suffer first and most will be Black and Brown communities. Now is the time for climate investment that cleans up the air and prioritizes equitable policies that protect everyone, especially our most vulnerable.”
“This is a critical moment to make transformative investments that address the interconnected and…