November 14, 2019


Urges Congress to prioritize communities of color & low-income Americans in any comprehensive climate legislation

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) testified today before the Select Committee on the Climate Crisis and urged legislators to prioritize justice for frontline communities, typically communities of color and low-income areas hit "first and worst" by the impacts of climate change. Citing the failures of past major economic overhauls to address economic inequality and systemic racism, Kennedy told committee members that green policies cannot lead to green gentrification and that the green economy must instead be used to equitably distribute opportunity.

“Climate change on its own does not discriminate – it targets us all," said Kennedy. "But just as human activity undeniably causes climate change – human choices have put communities of color and low-income Americans in its crosshairs. If we are going to confront a multigenerational crisis...we must pay close attention to where we have fallen short in the past. Not only when it comes to environmental policy but the systemic reforms this government has pursued – from housing to criminal justice to employment protections – that have too often left too many clinging to the margins. Now, as climate change threatens our way of life, we are presented with an opportunity. To right the wrongs of our past and do right by the generations that will follow in our footsteps."

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For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2019 

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