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We Still Need the Environmental Justice for All Act of 2023

Michael, On this Earth Day…

We still want Congress to act on “the moral principle that all people have the right to pure air, clean water, and an environment that enriches life.”

We still agree “federal policy can and should seek to achieve environmental justice, health equity, and climate justice for all underserved communities,” let’s urge Congress to do so.

We want the reintroduced A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act of 2023, to pass:

  • Last year’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) was a significant step toward greater investment in clean energy. Unfortunately, some provisions of the IRA are expected to stimulate fossil fuel production and worsen pollution in areas already saturated by heavy industry
  • Now, in the new Session, the House is proposing legislation intended to loosen procedural protections around energy projects or ramp up leasing permits long sought by the fossil fuel industry. We can expect these proposed measures to most acutely affect frontline and impacted communities — sacrifice zones — environmental justice communities

While President Biden has just put forward Executive Order “Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All” which mirrors several key priorities from the “A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice For All Act”, Congress should do its part and move to codify better and more accountable relationship with environmental justice communities.

Michael, we can’t give up our advocacy in solidarity with frontline communities and sacrifice zones, just because it got hard with a split National legislature. The harms already done must not be compounded.

Action Alert: Environmental Justice for All Act of 2023

We ground these actions firmly in our 7th Principle: “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.”