Environmental Justice and Climate Change
The Hip Hop Caucus has been aligned with the environmental movement since 2005 when we were working on the ground in the Gulf Coast and in Washington DC to fight for a fair and just response to the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. No moment has so clearly shown the world who suffers first and worst – the poor and people of color – from the devastation of natural disasters caused by extreme weather patterns, which are increasing because of global warming. Since 2005 and 2006, the Hip Hop Caucus has evolved into a leading environmental organization participating in campaigns for clean air and water, for comprehensive climate and clean energy legislation, for an end to the fossil fuel economy, and in opposition to iconic battles like the proposed KXL pipeline.
In 2013 the Hip Hop Caucus’ Environmental Justice and Climate Change program area will stand up for a sustainable, clean-energy future by:
1. Standing up to the fossil fuel industry’s strong hold on our democracy, by calling for Black institutions, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, to divest from the fossil fuel industry, and calling on African American leading organizations and African American elected officials to stop accepting financial contributions from these companies.
2. Organizing on Black colleges, with Black churches and mosques, and using Black media, to engage new people in the environmental justice and climate movement.
3. Creating materials and resources that illustrate how environmental issues impact the daily lives of people of color, with a particular focus on health impacts of pollution, the same pollution that comes from extracting and burning fossil fuels that are causing climate change.