Rep. McEachin and Chair Grijalva Applaud Historic Launch of Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) and Natural Resources Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-03), co-hosts of the recent Congressional Convening on Environmental Justice, released the following statement after the unveiling of an Equitable and Just National Climate Platform by more than 70 leading environmental justice and national environmental groups.

“The United States needs a bold, inclusive national climate and justice policy, and the Equitable and Just National Climate Platform speaks directly to that need,” said Congressman A. Donald McEachin. “Developed by consensus, this historic platform honors all Americans fundamental right to clean air, pure water, and access to a healthy natural environment. This is an exciting day for the entire environmental movement as we continue our work together to achieve justice for all.”

“Americans want their water, air, and environment protected from pollution and from the destruction that climate change will bring if we don’t act,” Chair Grijalva said. “I’m encouraged by these groups’ collective, collaborative efforts to focus on environmental justice. We’re committed to doing this work in Congress, and we’re excited to work as partners to right historic wrongs and make environmental justice a reality.”

Last month, Congressman McEachin and Chair Grijalva co-hosted the first-ever Congressional Convening on Environmental Justice at the U.S. Capitol. Hundreds of environmental justice (EJ) advocates, leaders, and practitioners flew in from across the country to discuss long-standing injustices and areas of collaboration between advocates and policymakers. Throughout the day, policymakers and a broad range of organizations and individuals participated in panel discussions on the history and context of the EJ movement, and current challenges and policy priorities for EJ practitioners and frontline community-based organizations. At the convening, Congressman McEachin and Chair Grijalva unveiled a set of principles to guide the development of comprehensive environmental justice legislation to be introduced later this Congress.

Community members can review the proposed principles, submit feedback and participate in the process at https://naturalresources.house.gov/environmental-justice.

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