51 Leading environmental and public health organizations recommend strong investments in clean energy infrastructure for all
More than 50 advocacy organizations today called on congressional leaders to make significant investments to accelerate the transition to a 100% clean economy as part of an economic recovery. The demands, made in a letter to House and Senate leaders, are supported by leading environmental, judicial and public health organizations.
âAs the 117th Congress begins, the United States faces the extraordinary and related crises of the global pandemic, economic recession, deep racial injustice, a rapidly destabilizing climate and democratic retreat. Few sessions of Congress have ever assumed greater responsibility. Of the many leadership acts that will be required, navigating these crises safely will require a comprehensive and sustained federal investment to recover, rebuild and lay the foundations for a fairer and more stable future, âthe organizations wrote.
Organizations call for federal investments across the economy, from clean energy production to agriculture, clean technologies to affordable housing, and initiatives to strengthen environmental justice communities currently suffering the brunt of the crisis climate.
Targeted investments in clean energy infrastructure have the power to reduce dangerous pollution of our air and water, provide millions of well-paying jobs, improve resilience to climate disasters, provide housing and equitable transportation to all communities, improve public health and improve the quality of life of low-income communities and communities of color hardest hit by pollution and the climate crisis.
Groups leading the coalition signing letter include Alaska Wilderness League, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, Azul, Black Millennials 4 Flint, Center for American Progress, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Clean Air Task Force, Climate Health Now , Climate Reality Project, The CLEO Institute, Coalition for Green Capital, Defend our Future, Earth Action, Inc., Earthjustice, Earthworks, Elected Officials to Protect America, Environmental Defense Fund, The Evangelical Environmental Network, Generation Progress, Green Education and Legal Fund, Green the Church, Gullah / Geechee Sea Island Coalition, Health Care Without Harm, Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah, Hispanic Access Foundation, Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting, and the Outdoors (HECHO), Interfaith Power & Light, Justice for Migrant Women , League of Conservation Voters, Moms Clean Air Force, Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance, National Audubon Society, National Parks Conservation Association, Natural Re sources Defense Council, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Wildlife Federation, Ohio Clinicians for Climate Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, Physicians for Social Responsibility â Arizona, PBR New Mexico, Queer Brown Vegan, Sierra Club, Texas Impact, Texas Physicians for Social Responsibility, Union of Concerned Scientists, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, USCAN, The Vermont Climate and Health Alliance, Voices for Progress, Western Organization of Resource Councils, The Wilderness Society and Wisconsin Health Professionals for Climate Action.
âThere is a moral imperative for climate action and environmental equity in the nation. The black religious community believes that it is our responsibility to protect God’s creation, âsays The Reverend Dr Ambrose Carroll, CEO and Founder of Green The Church. âWe need to act on climate change and sustainability to protect the greatest gift God has given us: our planet. As climate change accelerates, it becomes clearer every day that those who will suffer first and most will be black and brown communities. Now is the time to invest in the climate to clean the air and prioritize fair policies that protect everyone, especially our most vulnerable. “
“This is a critical time to make transformative investments that respond to the interconnected and ongoing health, economic, racial and climate crises facing our country today,” said Abigail Dillen, President of Earthjustice. “These investments will help us get on the path to achieving President Biden’s ambitious climate and environmental justice goals and building a fair and pollution-free future.”
“As we adapt to a warming world, our elected leaders have a responsibility to act urgently and to propose full and immediate investments in every sector of government to face all the crises our country is going through”, declared Yoca Arditi-Rocha, CEO of the CLEO Institute. âWe have a temporary opportunity to scale up sustainable and equitable solutions, invest in resilient infrastructure and stimulate an economy for all. There is no one in this country who has not felt the impacts of the global pandemic, economic recession and climate emergency. How we react now will set the tone for our preparation for the next crisis. “
âThe 117th Congress has a historic chance to energize our economy, create healthier communities and build a more equitable and secure future for our children,â said Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund. “By making bold investments now in clean energy, clean transportation and a more resilient network, we can save thousands of lives, boost American manufacturing, and create millions of good new jobs.” America can win the global race to dominate these fast growing sectors, but only if we make the right political choices now. “
“Latinos know firsthand how pollution disproportionately impacts our communities and how dirty air worsens asthma symptoms and triggers attacks in adults and children. The climate crisis has always been upon us. , and this is why the fight against the climatethe change is significant and personal to the National Hispanic Medical Association. From the White House to Congress to local governments, our elected officials must take bold and decisive action to protect public health and fight the climate crisis. Ensure ourchildren and grandchildren have clean air to breathe and clean water to drink. We urge our leaders to commit to #ActOnClimate and stand firm because #TimeToAct is now, âsaid Dr Elena RÃos, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Medical Association.
âAs our country recovers from the current COVID recession, we have the opportunity to build a more just and equitable economy, to build back better. The actions we propose in today’s letter are the foundation for the necessary investments in a secure climate, well-paying union jobs, racial equity and a 100% clean future for our country. It is time for Congress to act on climate, jobs and justice, âsaid John Podesta, Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Center for American Progress.
â$ 100 billion in government funding for the Clean Energy and Sustainability Accelerator’s national green banks is only a fraction of the total investment needed to build affordable, resilient, zero-emission energy infrastructure for a growing US economy – but it is a necessary fraction. ” noted Reed Hundt, CEO of the Coalition for Green Capital.