Climate Justice

Frontline communities historically and presently bear the brunt of health, economic and ecological impacts that are the consequences of climate change.

What we are doing

We are engaging with allies and communities most impacted by the hardships of a changing climate. Together we strive to ensure a regenerative economy with full access to renewable energy, clean air and water, valued jobs and healthy living environments.


VICTORIES!

On December Dec. 13th the Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the Community Climate Resilience Plan!

also: Eugene City Council Advances Policy to Transition New Construction to All-Electric, Sets Ambitious Targets for Decarbonizing Existing Buildings (Press Release)


IMPORTANT: The IPCC released an urgent report: "Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" - The new report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that if we do not act ASAP, the adverse effects of climate change will happen faster than we or other species can adapt and states that nations are not doing enough to stem pollution let alone to adapt to what science shows is coming.

Projects

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In Defense of the Climate Protection Program

In December 2021, Oregon took one of its biggest steps ever toward reducing climate pollution and delivering a stable climate for the future. Last fall, a consortium of fossil fuel and industrial polluter corporations filed a lawsuit to kill this precedent-setting climate action program! On September 7, 2022, a coalition of environmental justice, climate, and business organizations filed a legal intervention to defend Oregon’s landmark Climate Protection Program against attempted oil and gas industry rollbacks. Learn more

Read the September 7th, 2022 Press Release (PDF)

CPP Defense Coalition Motion To Intervene (PDF)

Read the January 12th, 2023 Press Release (PDF)

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Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force

VICTORY! The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the Community Climate Resilience Plan!

For the past two years, we worked with the Lane County Climate Equity & Resilience Task Force to bring local communities into the planning process of the Lane County Community Climate Resilience Plan. On Tuesday, Dec. 13th the Board of Commissioners officially voted “YES” to adopt the plan! We are excited about the HUGE advancement Lane County made on climate resilience!

Beyond Toxics joined with NAACP to coordinate public participation in this new initiative in Lane County, Oregon. Supporting Partners: Lane County Public Works Department and GEOS Institute. Learn more

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Fossil Free Eugene and Lane County

VICTORY! Eugene City Council Advances Policy to Transition New Construction to All-Electric, Sets Ambitious Targets for Decarbonizing Existing Buildings (Read the Press Release)

Beyond Toxics is a member of Fossil Free Eugene and Lane County, a coalition of grassroots organizations and community members calling on the City of Eugene to follow through with the climate goals that it set for itself and lead a just transition away from fossil fuels for all of its residents. Learn more

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Environmental Justice Pathways Summit

The first Environmental Justice Pathways Summit at the University of Oregon was originally scheduled for April of 2020. We made the decision to postpone the EJP Summit to Spring of 2021. To help our community members stay engaged in the movement to achieve environmental justice, we developed the EJP Webinar Series, focusing on the Historical Intersections of Race, Economy, and Environment in Oregon. These webinars prioritized the most pressing Environmental Justice concerns impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Native American communities, and Latinx communities in Oregon. The webinar series also highlighted ways to engage and collaborate on solutions to Oregon’s environmental justice issues. Learn more

ALSO: Read "Organizing for Environmental Justice" by Haley Case-Scott, former Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer and Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar Coordinator

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IPCC Report

The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" says that if we do not act ASAP, the adverse effects of climate change will happen faster than we or other species can adapt and states that nations are not doing enough to stem pollution let alone to adapt to what science shows is coming.

Learn more

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Oregon Just Transition Alliance

We have partnered with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos el Noroeste (PCUN), Rural Organizing Project, and Unite Oregon to form this coalition. Learn more

It is not an option but rather an obligation to speak out,
all of us together, to demand changes.
~ Betty Vasquez, Land Defender

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