CLIMATE JUSTICE

We believe in Protecting the Health of Our Communities

We need to transform our energy economy, invest in communities most harmed by the climate crisis, and ensure the fair and equitable distribution of our shared resources. Those closest to the crisis – communities of color, low-income communities and indigenous communities – must be the ones driving the solutions.

Everyone Deserves a Clean Climate

Everyone deserves to live in a healthy and resilient community, protected from extreme weather and pollution. So we must:

  • Eliminate greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change.
  • Transform our state to a renewable energy economy
  • Prioritize Black, Brown and other vulnerable communities that have suffered disproportionate effects of the climate crisis.

Climate Justice is a part of Our Justice Agenda for 2022. Click here to read the full Agenda and get involved in the fight!

New York State's Climate Crisis

Our homes and communities face an unprecedented threat. The climate crisis endangers the safety, health and well-being of our communities. The effects of the climate crisis are underway, and we are witnessing its devastating impact. New Yorkers — both Upstate and Downstate — are experiencing disastrous storms and extreme flooding. For Black, Brown and indigenous communities, the crisis arrived decades ago, in the form of air and water pollution, contaminated land, and lead and mold in homes.

New York State's Climate Crisis

Our homes and communities face an unprecedented threat. The climate crisis endangers the safety, health and well-being of our communities. The effects of the climate crisis are underway, and we are witnessing its devastating impact. New Yorkers–both Upstate and Downstate–are experiencing disastrous storms and extreme flooding. For Black, Brown and indigenous communities, the crisis arrived decades ago, in the form of air and water pollution, contaminated land, and lead and mold in homes.

“There’s nothing more fundamental than clean air and water. We’re in the throes of the greatest threat to climate we’ve ever seen. My goal is to make sure my great great grandchildren don’t have to go to Mars because the Earth is no longer sustainable.”
Merton Simpson, Jr.

Albany County Legislature

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