2021 Environmental and Climate Justice Legislation

LET’S MAKE 2021 THE YEAR OF ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IN OREGON!

SEE THE RECORDING OF OUR JAN. 14TH PRESS CONFERENCE (coming soon)

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.

Summary of our Environmental Justice Legislative Priorities (PDF)

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.

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Environmental Justice for Oregon: A Joint Resolution LC1894 (House) & LC 2902 (Senate)
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.

One-page summary of LC 1894 and LC 2902 (PDF)

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

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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.

One-page summary of HB 2488 (PDF) | Frequently Asked Questions (PDF).

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


If your organization is interested in supporting this legislation, please sign up on our form:
Support for Beyond Toxics & NAACP Legislative Concepts


Our co-partners include the NAACP Corvallis and Portland Chapters, Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, the Oregon Democratic Caucus, Rogue Climate and Verde