The WE ACT for Climate Justice Project
Over the past few years, WE ACT has been working to address climate change and to infuse dialogue about challenges and solutions to the crisis with an environmental justice perspective. The Campaign for New York’s Future is one arena in which we are collaborating to build a sustainable future for our children. WE ACT has been part of the Environmental Justice Climate Change (EJCC) Initiative since 1998. Since the beginning of 2007 we have been engaged in a working group of environmental and international development organizations to address the challenges of confronting climate change on a global level. The working group – which includes organizations like Friends of the Earth, Oxfam, and the Natural Resources Defense Council – is focused on holding the U.S. accountable for its promise to provide resources and technical assistance to developing nations through the Millennium Challenge. WE ACT is also working to secure climate justice through the following initiatives:
- The Advancing Climate Justice Initiative
- The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change
- The Northeast Regional Coalition for Climate Justice
The "Northern Manhattan Climate Change Resilience Project" is a collaborative planning process for ensuring that New York City's response to climate change meets the needs of low-income and other marginalized communities in Northern Manhattan and beyond. In addition to advocating for public policies that reverse the city's legacy and trajectory of socio-economic inequality, participants will work to develop systems of local cooperation that can support social resilience in the face of climate change.
Over the next several months, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, Global Resilience System, and other project partners, will be inviting community stakeholders from around New York City, but particularly from Northern Manhattan, to work together on producing a climate action plan for the areas in question. The plan will outline the threat that communities in our area face, along with strategies for environmental and social resilience that can be implemented now to stem the crisis. Participants will be asked to support the following:
- Participate in a series of scenario planning workshops that identify community needs and opportunities in response to changing temperatures, extreme weather events, and other impacts of climate change;
- Engage in a dialog about what the impacts of climate change will be at the community level, and work to create cooperative systems that prepare communities for climate change, while building strength and economic power;
- Identify opportunities to deliver multiple benefits beyond climate-resilience gains, such as green job opportunities, access to natural resources for public health, recreation, etc., support for local food systems, and more;
In 2014 the environmental justice movement raised more awareness on the issue of climate change than ever before, to boot the city government has set a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. This is a critical moment in which NY can be transformed into city that supports its valued communities by addressing social and environmental inequality, or the city can disregard their needs and leave them vulnerable to future storms. Please join our effort and have your voice heard in the fight for climate justice.