Commentary: How to fight climate change with an eye to economic justice

Katherine works at Catskill Mountainkeeper, which represents the Catskill Mountains and region — an area that over the past few years has seen an increase in power outages, flooding, and damage to homes and property as a result of our changing climate. And for Geo, who grew up in the South Bronx and now lives in Buffalo, climate change and environmental racism have always been a part of her existence, even before she understood the real depth of damage they’ve caused in her communities.

That’s the reason why we are working to pass the Climate and Community Protection Act in the state Legislature (S2992/A3876). The CCPA is written and supported by more than 170 community, environmental, justice, labor, and policy organizations in New York — it’s the people’s climate bill. Of all the climate proposals on the table, it’s the strongest for our planet and our communities.

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