climate justice


My Testimony on Climate Change Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

, Policy Director and Lead Economist, Climate & Energy

Last week, I had the opportunity to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on the Environment, at a hearing entitled ‘Climate Change, Part IV: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future.’ Below is my oral testimony, as prepared (shortened a bit during delivery to respect time constraints). Also, here is a link to my written testimony, as submitted to the committee.

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We Need a New Normal Post-COVID-19 That’s Not a Death Sentence to Black People

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

During this pandemic, we constantly hear people talk about how happy they will be when everything ‘goes back to normal.’ Normal was a death sentence for Black people. We do not want to go back to that. Read more >

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An Earth Day Conversation About Environmental Justice With Pioneer Vernice Miller-Travis

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

Today is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, a day when we acknowledge and show support for environmental protections. I do not think that environmental justice communities would agree that there is very much to celebrate, given the number of environmental protections that have been rolled back in the last few years. Protections that communities depend on as they fight against the disproportionate exposure to environmental hazards they experience daily. Read more >

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Vernice Miller
Adrienne Hollis
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Preparing for the September 20, 2019 Global Climate Strike in Boston, MA.

Environmental Justice in 2019: Impacts and Anniversaries

, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist

This is the third and final blog post in a series on environmental justice milestones, anniversaries, and impacts in 2019. Read more >

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Photo: Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection

Climate Justice Requires Prioritization of The Poor and Vulnerable

, Climate Vulnerability Social Scientist

The legend of the mythological Phoenix tells the story of a “female sacred firebird with beautiful gold and red plumage”. It was said that at the end of its centenarian plus life-cycle, the Phoenix ignited herself among a nest of twigs, and, reducing itself to ashes, a new young Phoenix would arise from the smolder.  It’s a fitting metaphor for Phoenix, Arizona, a relatively young city at 150 years, yet located in the Salt River valley, a Sonoran Desert region that has been inhabited and abandoned by people for thousands of years before its current form as a sprawling metropolitan area.

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Photo: Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection (FP FPC 1, Box 8, Folder 1. Historic Photographs, Places: Canals and Irrigation. 1890-1901. Arizona Collection, Arizona State University
Photos: – Barry M. Goldwater Historic Photograph Collection
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map from Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
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