Clean Water for North Carolina enthusiastically supports the Principles of Environmental Justice, first established in 1991. The Environmental Justice movement is now international, working to prevent the disproportionate impacts of destructive, economically damaging and toxic operations on communities of color and low income by standing together. Now, after decades of EPA recognition of environmental injustices and commitment to EJ, the progress made is under attack!
The Trump administration has announced plans to cut the EPA’s budget by 25 percent, including dismantling the whole EPA Environmental Justice program! That would include eliminating grant programs that help low income and minority communities to protect themselves against environmental harms. In the face of the administration’s outright hostility to EJ, Mustafa Ali, EPA’s Environmental Justice chief, resigned from his position after 24 years at the agency.
It’s more urgent than ever to take action for Environmental Justice in North Carolina! CWFNC is a member of the NC Environmental Justice Network and encourages other organizations and individuals to join and support the network by visiting www.ncejn.org. NCEJN’s Annual Summit, a great opportunity to meet with other communities, takes place in mid-October each year. Watch for an announcement of the next Quarterly Meeting in Sampson County, NC in April, too!