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Climate Action Plan Anniversary: Green For All Praises Nationwide Climate Efforts Actions help fortify communities most vulnerable to climate change disasters
WASHINGTON – One year ago today, President Obama unveiled a plan for combatting climate change. Since then, the country took many steps to protect communities from the health, economic and environmental impacts of climate change.
Green For All applauds all the actions our federal, state and community leaders are taking to fortify our families from the devastating affects of climate change. However, we continue to call for more measures to help those most vulnerable to climate change disasters – communities of color and low-income Americans.
Statement of Green For All Executive Director Nikki Silvestri
Last year, President Obama announced his Climate Action Plan and by doing so, took a major step toward fulfilling our obligation to leave our children and grandkids a healthy planet. Since then, we’ve seen the EPA propose carbon pollution standards for existing power plants. The President created a task force to prepare our communities for the climate disasters ahead. Last weekend, The United States Conference of Mayors hosted a meeting where we heard from environmental leaders like EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson highlight actions they are taking around climate change mitigation. And, just yesterday, a new “Risky Business” report lifted-up the real economic risk climate change poses to the U.S.
As we look back on all the work we are doing to both combat climate change and raise awareness of its devastating impacts, we must think of the communities hit first and worst – communities of color and low-income Americans.
Just look at the many African Americans who still struggle with the generational impacts of slavery, such as poverty, lack of affordable housing and viable employment. They are the ones who end up living in the homes closest to our carbon-fired power plants. They live in the houses near the shores that don’t have sufficient levies. They are also the ones to suffer from extreme heat in the summer months because they live in urban homes surrounded by dense areas of concrete and asphalt without trees or shade.
Instead of simply preparing these communities for the climate disasters ahead, we need to strengthen them economically and environmentally so they can thrive. We urge all of our elected officials, community leaders and activists to keep these communities at the center of our climate agenda moving forward.