NCEJN developed a statement to explain our environmental justice perspective on climate change to predominantly white environmental groups that seek to partner with us. NCEJN opposes strategies that reduce greenhouse emissions while maintaining or magnifying existing social, economic, and environmental injustices. Wealthy communities that consume a disproportionate share of resources avoid the most severe consequences of their consumption by displacing pollution on communities of color and low income. Therefore, the success of climate change activism depends on building an inclusive movement based on principles of racial, social and economic justice and self-determination for all people.
To read our official statement, please see the attached PDF (NCEJN Position On Climate Change (January 5, 2016)).
UPDATE: Our “Position Statement on Climate Change” has been published in New Solutions: A journal of environmental and occupational health policy. To view that publication, you may go to http://new.sagepub.com/content/26/1/115.abstract.