EMPOWERED, JUST COMMUNITIES
CWFNC is committed to working for environmental justice through community organizing, collaboration with other NC Environmental Justice Network partners, technical assistance and training.
We Aim To:
Provide effective, accountable organizing and technical assistance, especially to people-of-color, low-income and rural communities, to increase knowledge, skills, and action to protect human health and community environments.
Work for fair, participatory environmental decision-making mechanisms in all NC communities, with wide participation.
Work with our members, community partners, and state and local officials to provide critical education, emergency planning and accountability for businesses and industries that use hazardous materials.
PREVENTING HARM TO COMMUNITIES, HOLDING POLLUTERS ACCOUNTABLE
CWFNC believes it is not only possible but necessary to work for solutions to pollution problems that create jobs, help finance significant pollution reductions and conserve both water and energy while holding specific polluters accountable for their emissions and discharges through regulatory and direct activism. We spearhead public education and advocacy to build awareness of NC’s special vulnerabilities to hydraulic fracturing and potential impacts to our water, land, air and communities.
We Aim To:
Partner with specific downstream or downwind groups and coalitions to work for stronger permits and enforcement, including filing legal challenges where there is an opportunity to set a strong precedent.
Reduce NC’s vulnerability to massive impact of electricity production on NC waters, while reducing cost of energy bills, especially for low income residents, and creating good, locally based jobs through energy efficiency and sound water allocation policies.
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SAFE, AFFORDABLE WATER FOR ALL
CWFNC believes that safe affordable water is a right for all North Carolinians, and we work to organize with communities, research the impacts of water supply privatization and pricing practices, and advocate for health-protective, just and sustainable statewide water quality and allocation policies.
We Aim To:
Ensure that North Carolinians know the source of their drinking water, the threats to its safety, and their responsibility for its protection.
Research and educate the public on drinking water source protection, the right to safe, affordable water, and threats to both ground and surface water.
Develop just and sustainable policies to protect rights to affordable drinking water, adequate supply, and equitable distribution (water allocation and pricing).