“For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change.”
– President Obama, 2013 State of the Union address
For the past couple of months, we’ve seen our fair share of natural disasters from Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey to the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma. Climate change is real and more evident than it’s ever been before. During his last State of the Union address, President Obama promised to act and this week he unveiled his action plan.
President Obama’s climate action plan includes:
• Cutting Carbon Pollution in America
• Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change
• Leading International Efforts to Address Global Climate Change
The President’s plan is sure to have a significant impact on minority and low income communities. While natural disasters affect us all, think back to Hurricane Katrina and how hard it was for the low-income and African American communities to escape, survive and recover due a lack of resources. For example, 68% of African Americans live within 30 miles of a coal plant which may explain why 1 in 6 of our kids has asthma. In LA, African Americans are twice as likely to die in a heat wave due to the concrete built of their neighborhoods and lack of access to vehicles with A/C. Climate change threatens to spike food prices, housing insecurity, economic hardship, disease, and violence in our most vulnerable populations.
One advocate of the President’s climate action plan is Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins. Ms. Ellis-Lamkins currently serves as CEO of Green for All, a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through a clean energy economy.
“President Obama is doing the right thing by standing up to polluters. For our children and grandchildren, we have a moral imperative to respond aggressively to the threat of climate change. We at Green for All look forward to working with President Obama to achieve this goal,” she stated.
For more information about President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, please visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan
For more information about Green for All, please visit: http://www.greenforall.org/.