Environmental Justice Leadership Forum
WE ACT’s Federal Policy Office coordinates the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum (EJ Forum), a national coalition of 54 environmental justice organizations working together to advance climate justice and impact policy to ensure the protection and promotion of communities of color and low-income communities throughout the U.S.
The forum was initiated in 2008 in response to the emerging concerns around possible mitigation strategies and regulations that were being presented as options to reduce Greenhouse gas emissions, had the potential to amplify the disproportionate environmental burden on communities of color, and/or low-income people.
On December 9, 2020, the EJ Forum released our Green Jobs Report, offering community-based solutions for a diverse green jobs workforce. You can watch the video in which we discuss the importance of a Just Transition in addressing climate change with our panel of distinguished guest, including Michael B. Gerrard, Director of the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law; Beverly Wright, Executive Director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice; and Donele Wilkins, CEO & President of the Green Door Initiative as well as WE ACT’s Peggy Shepard, Charles Callaway, and Kerene Tayloe.
On July 29, 2020, the EJ Forum held its 2020 Summer Convening. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was conducted online.