Environmental Justice in the Heartland

Environmental Justice Week:  April 22-28, 2016

A Series of Independent Events Focusing on Environmental Justice

 

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.


Environmental Justice Challenges in My Backyard:

Climate Change, Energy, & Water, Community Health Impacts

APRIL 22, 1 PM-4PM

South KC Public Library

3104 Strong Ave

Kansas City, Kansas

Open to the Public - RSVP required

This free community event will include water, energy and health informational booths, educational presentations and an audience brainstorm;

Featuring:
Jacqueline Patterson |Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program 
Althea Moses | EPA Region 7’s Environmental Justice Coordinator 
Margaret May | Executive Director of the Ivanhoe Neighborhood Council and the Chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC) 
Richard Mabion |President of the KCK branch of the NAACP

Booths available - sign up here

Partnering Organizations: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and  Climate + Energy Project

 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Olga Khakova at khakova@climateandenergy.org | (785) 424-0055  

Coal Blooded - The Film

APRIL 26, 6 PM

Bruce Watkins Cultural Heritage Center

3700 Blue Pkwy

Kansas City, MO

Open to the Public


Join the NAACP Kansas City Missouri Chapter, the Missouri Sierra Club, and Sustainable Sanctuary Coalition for a celebration of environmental justice. Kendra Glover from the NAACP will present on the Coal Blooded Report and local panelists will follow up with comments and questions about environmental justice in Kansas City! Learn how you can make a difference!


From the Coal Blooded Report:

  • "Nearly six million Americans live within three miles of a coal power plant. As noted below, coal power plants tend to be disproportionately located in low-income communities and communities of color:

  • People who live within three miles of a coal power plant have an average per capita income of $18,400, which is lower than the U.S. average of $21,587.

  • Among those living within three miles of a coal power plant, 39 percent are people of color — a figure that is higher than the 36 percent proportion of people of color in the total U.S. population.

  • Coal plants that have been built within urban areas in the U.S. tend overwhelmingly to be located in communities of color.


Finding Justice in the Low-Carbon Transition

April 28, 9 AM-3:30 PM

1340 Jayhawk Blvd

Lawrence, KS

Registration is required for this free event.


The climate is changing. Both climate mitigation and climate adaptation efforts are underway. As we live in an increasingly globalized society, ensuring inclusivity of all populations in sustainability-focused efforts becomes even more important. We cannot let social justice, or the equity leg of the sustainability stool, collapse.


"Climate change is driving innovation in policy and technology around two core imperatives. The first, climate mitigation, involves curbing greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic climate change. The second, climate adaptation, anticipates climate impacts and aims to strengthen the capacity for resilience in our communities, infrastructure, and environment. These dual aims intersect at the local level in the context of distributed renewable energy, energy efficiency, and microgrid development – key components of the low-carbon energy transition underway in the United States."

Environmental Justice Challenges in My Backyard

Environmental Justice
Challenges in My Backyard

Climate change, energy & water:
Community health impacts
 
APRIL 22
1-4 PM
South KC Public Library
3104 Strong Ave
Kansas City, Kansas
RSVP REQUIRED:

FREE COMMUNITY EVENT FEATURING

Jacqueline Patterson |Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program

Althea Moses | EPA Region 7’s Environmental Justice Coordinator 

Margaret May | Executive Director of the IvanhoeNeighborhood Council and the Chair of the National EnvironmentalJusticeAdvisoryCommittee (NEJAC)

Richard Mabion |President of the KCK branch of the NAACP

This interactive event will include water, energy and health informational booths, educational presentations and an audience brainstorm.

Partnering Organizations:  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and  Climate + Energy Project

 

If you have any questions or comments please contact Olga Khakova at khakova@climateandenergy.org | (785) 424-0055