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Follow EPA’s Climate Justice in Action Series!

2014 June 26

On June 25th EPA launched a summer-long Climate Justice in Action blog series, kicked off by a video from Administrator Gina McCarthy. The series focuses on the unequal burdens climate change places on low- income and minority communities and the innovative solutions communities are taking across the country to fight climate change and prepare for its effects. As a part of the series EPA has created this Interactive Climate Justice Map that allows for environmental justice and climate change stakeholders from all backgrounds to upload stories about actions being taken in their communities to combat climate change.

Please take the time to contribute your story! EPA will collect all of your submissions over the course of this campaign, which will be highlighted in various ways throughout the summer. This will also be a great educational opportunity by compiling successes and lessons learned from a variety of stakeholders to demonstrate the full breadth of activities taking place across the country to combat climate change.

So tune in here throughout the summer to follow our stories, tell us about your successes and hard work, and join the conversation on climate justice!

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  1. William Sekerak permalink
    June 26, 2014

    Climate justice ? This is the epitome of an unfettered big government agency run amok.
    This is a severe insult to the intelligence of the average American.
    How dare the EPA foist this unadulterated BS on us.

    • Earl Hatley permalink
      July 1, 2014

      I am not defending the agency, but I am also unclear of meaning of your statement. If it’s about the term. Climate Justice is was not coined by EPA, it was coined grassroots: tribes, indigenous peoples around the world on the front lines of the climate experience facing off with the UN at the Climate Summit and other opportunities. I don’t think anyone in the Environmental Justice community faults the EPA for using the term any more that we did when they first started using term Environmental Justice back when we first started using it. Many of us were using Environmental Racism, EPA was using Environmental Equity. We demanded they stop with that term and use Environmental Justice. So what’s wrong with them using the term Climate Justice? It helps them keep in mind our basic need: Justice!!! Will we get justice? Probably not any more than we have Environmental Justice, but slinging hate at them in that way to shut them down doesn’t help anyone at all and drives a wedge between good intentions no matter how weak the system will allow these folks to work with us.

  2. Robert permalink
    July 1, 2014

    I for one think it is a great idea that the voice of the community and other stakeholders are being honored and highlighted in the climate conversation through this blog. I have been reading many of the stories on the EJ in Action blog and engaging with the authors on some of their innovative projects and have found there to be a wealth of knowledge and willingness to share here. I hope others will actually read the innovative pieces that are being shared.


  3. Eric Kirkendall permalink
    July 2, 2014

    Dear EPA EJ folks,

    Thank you for this series, it is very informative. The Moving Forward Network is covering and publicizing it in “EJ and Citizen Science News”

  4. Robert Thomas permalink
    July 2, 2014

    For those of you who are not worshiping at the alter of big government and cultist of the climate hoax I encourage to read something other than information put out by “scientists” who are funded by federal grant money. Maybe June 23rd “Global Warming fabricated by NASA & NOAA” by Breitbart as example.

    You might want to research what Germany is doing since they are 7-10 years ahead of us in chasing the carbon dragon and paying homage to the renewable energy gods.”Germany’s green dreams turn brown”

    • carol k garey permalink
      October 23, 2014

      Yes, Germany is ahead of us, but, there are reasons, namely they are more untied than we are in our pursual of changing our energy polices in this country to combat was it clear a scientifically supported change in the climate caused in large part and accellerated in large part by using fossil fuels. Depite the meticulous climate change evidence gatered by many research entities, we are slow to make progress. Except now we have the Department of Defense raising serious issued that the military will need to address to further strengthen the possibility that perhaps more of us accept rather than denigrate the need to take care of our environment and our natural resources before its too late.

      It seems apparent that you would rather worship at the corporate alter. Well, go right ahead! But, you should note that many companies now are looking for ways to save energy and swithch to cleaner form of energy! Of course, you would not understand that move as you see everything in terms of ‘big government.’ Too bad for you that you do not recognize that the issue is one of the EPA trying to do its job under the Clean Air, Clean Water and Hazardous Waste Acts that have a scientific mission to fulfill, inspite of the ignorance of certain government haters, such as yourself, Mr. Thomas!

  5. Liam permalink
    July 3, 2014

    EPA, OEJ, Environmental Justice, Climate Change and Climate Justice Champions you are doing a great job with this series. The information that you are allowing stakeholders from around the country and beyond to share are valuable pieces of information. Definitely keep doing what you are doing because you seem to be the only federal governement location trying to share the real stories from real people.

  6. Mel Wilkinson permalink
    July 5, 2014

    I learned about this series from the Moving Forward Network and I was hesitant at first to put much hope that the stories would have much substance but I have been pleasantly surprised. Will there be any blogs on how students are focusing on climate justice?

  7. Kim permalink
    August 16, 2014

    This is an excellent Climate Justice series. I’m a long time reader of the EJ in Action Blog and it never disappoints. I hope the rest of the EPA catches up with the great work that this blog shares and the way that they do it, with real voices being shared!

  8. Prof. Piementa - Bey permalink
    September 10, 2014

    Administrator McCarthy, I wanted to let you know that you and your team are doing a great job with your Climate Justice series. I have found the information in your videos and blogs to be top notch. I’m incorporating it into my lesson plans to help my students have a better understanding of the impacts of Climate Change on low-income and minority communities. I especially enjoy the fact that the content here has practitioners on the ground sharing their solutions that others can replicate and learn from. You are to be commended for sharing the voices of communities.

    Professor Piementa-Bey

  9. Lauren permalink
    September 10, 2014

    1st: Do not feed the trolls :-) (should be a no-brainer as no one has, yet.)

    2nd: I’ve been following this blog for a while and would like to say that it is fantastic that there is a place for individuals, communities, organizations, etc. to go where they can share their unique stories and be heard by so many people all across the country, and the world!

    Keep up the great work!

  10. Lea Michelle permalink
    September 15, 2014

    Keep up the Good Work!!! I’m starting to see this Blog site everywhere and many of the stories are really meaningful and highlight hoe communities are doing some great work. I visited some of the other EPA sites and they don’t seem to share the voices of communities much, so thank you for this site.

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