LET’S MAKE 2021 THE YEAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
Speakers: Senator James Manning, Representative Karin Power, Sharon Gary-Smith, President of the Portland Chapter of the NAACP Portland and Eric Richardson of the Lane County chapter of the NAACP, and others.
Beyond Toxics, NAACP Eugene/Springfield and NAACP PDX are taking immediate action to address environmental equity and climate impacts. Together we are introducing two transformational pieces of Environmental and Climate Justice legislation that will support our most impacted communities across the state of Oregon.
2020 was a hard year for all of us in Oregon, but it was especially hard for our BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Tribal and rural communities who are experiencing colliding impacts, from climate change, COVID-19 and systemic exclusion and discrimination. These impacts did not emerge overnight; they are the result of generations of injustices creating the intentional patterns of pollution, displacement and devastating health disparities for historically disadvantaged communities .
As Oregon takes on the monumental challenge of addressing the climate crisis, we need to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that BIPOC and other historically underserved communities are centered and meaningfully consulted every step of the way. Our organizations are proud to be championing two pieces of legislation in 2021 aimed at achieving environmental and climate justice.
Passage of this legislation will achieve decisive policy across numerous natural resources, from watershed protections to air quality, centered on equity and justice and using community engagement strategies.
Environmental Justice for Oregon: A Joint Resolution SCR 17
Introduced by Senators Dembrow, Golden, Frederick and Manning and Representatives Power and Helm.
This joint resolution establishes principles, builds a framework of shared values, and lays the path forward for future policies and practices based on the right to ethical, balanced, healthy and responsible uses of land and renewable resources for future generations.
Co-sponsors of LC 1894/2902 include: Senator Dembrow (Chief Sponsor), Senator Manning, Senator Frederick, Senator Golden, Representative Power (Chief Sponsor), Representative Helm, Representative Schouten, Representative Lively, Representative Reardon, Representative Wilde
Equity and Climate in Land Use (HB 2488)
Introduced by Representatives Power and Helm
Our statewide land use planning goals were written and adopted nearly 50 years ago, and lack standards for meaningful and equitable public participation, for achieving environmental justice, and for addressing the impacts of climate change. HB 2488, Equity and Climate in Land Use, addresses these gaps in our land use system – putting Oregon on a path towards land use decisions that plan for a just and climate-resilient future.
Chief Sponsors: Representative Power, Helm; Senators Golden and Dembrow
Regular Sponsors: Representatives Holvey, Wilde; Senators Frederick and Prozanski
Legislators supporting HB 2488 include: Senator Manning; Representatives Lively, Reardon, Schouten
Our co-partners include:
the Lane County and Portland Chapters of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Our endorsers include:
Climate Solutions, Corvallis/Albany NAACP unit #1118, Verde, Rogue Climate, Portland NAACP 1120-B branch, Douglas County Global Warming Coalition, LiveMove, Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network, Democratic Party of Oregon’s Environmental Caucus, 350 Salem Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), University of Oregon Climate Justice League, Elders Climate Action (ECA) – Oregon Chapter, Our Climate, Cascadia Action Network, Congregations P’nai Or and Havurah Shalom, 350 Eugene, Surfrider Foundation – Oregon Chapters, the Oregon Democratic Caucus, Rogue Climate, Verde and 350 PDX
Won’t you join us in imagining, and working for, a world beyond toxics?
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