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Tell Congress to Support the Environmental Justice for All Act!
On March 18th, Senator Tammy Duckworth along (D-IL) with Representative Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Representative Donald McEachin (D-VA) introduced H.R. 2021/S. 872Environmental Justice for All Act.” This groundbreaking legislation will initiate “environmental justice requirements, advisory bodies, and programs to address the disproportionate adverse human health or environmental effects of federal laws or programs on communities of color, low-income communities, or tribal and indigenous communities.” Aimed at addressing environmental injustice, the Environmental Justice for All Act includes concrete measures that will strengthen communities of color across the country in the push towards racial equity. This piece of legislation is widely supported by organizations and leaders in the field of environmental justice around the country. 

It is imperative that Congress enacts this legislation. Throughout the United States, air and water sources are being polluted at alarming rates. This is done at great consequence to our health and environment. 

We have the opportunity to address disparities in Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color by supporting the Environmental Justice for All Act of 2021. Contact your Member of Congress today!

Too often, our government has turned a blind eye. Many communities, specifically communities of color, have borne the brunt of this pollution and experience devastating effects. On average, people of color comprise 56% of the population living in neighborhoods with Toxic Release Inventory facilities, compared to 30% elsewhere. The Environmental Justice for All Act would enable residents or groups to sue organizations that engage in environmental discrimination and create a fund using new fees on energy sources to support transitioning from greenhouse-gas dependent industries. It would require federal entities to “seek Tribal government input in the NEPA process, and to ensure that Indian Tribes be invited to serve as cooperating agencies for proposed actions that might impact their reservation lands and sacred sites.”

Partner with the Office of Public Witness in urging your Senators to improve the quality of our air and water today!

As the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), we understand the call to restore Creation. The abuse of nature and injustice to people, place our future in grave jeopardy. Creation cries out in this time of ecological crisis. We must respond by supporting this important piece of legislation.

By contacting your members of Congress, you will play a vital role in the passing of legislation that will improve the quality of air and water throughout our nation. Our actions will allow God’s love, justice and mercy to shine forth. 

 

Join us in this call to action by contacting your congresspersons directly, urging them to support the Environmental Justice for All Act.

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