Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
About the Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
Beyond Toxics and NAACP Eugene/Springfield were proud to host a virtual Environmental Justice Pathways (EJP) Summit on April 9th-10th, 2021 featuring Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali and Sheila Watt-Cloutier. The summit featured renowned national and state speakers and created space for interactive discussions, workshops and organizational meetings with the goal of supporting a collaborative network and crafting policy guidelines dedicated to Environmental Justice in the state of Oregon.
Beyond Toxics and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Eugene/Springfield are two social and environmental justice organizations located in Eugene, OR. One of the main goals of our organizations was to achieve environmental and climate justice for historically disadvantaged and underserved communities.
Environmental and climate injustices have disproportionately impacted those who contribute the least to the problem. We knew that the costs of and benefits in mitigating the impacts of climate change are not equally distributed. In order to make sure we uplifted and prioritized the voices of those most impacted by environmental and climate injustices, we needed to pave the way towards sustainable and equitable solutions. Thus, we launched the Environmental Justice Pathways effort.
Leading up to the Environmental Justice Pathways (EJP) Summit 2021 Beyond Toxics hosted a series of webinars in 2020 and early 2021 focused on a variety of environmental justice issues.