It’s a way of life and a promise to our children — together we will fight for climate justice and equity.
While climate change is a threat to everyone, the effects of climate change are not felt equally. Communities of color and low income communities face the greatest risk because they are hit “first and worst” by climate change. This unequitable system is not a coincidence.
Systemic racism has created practices that force minority families to live in places that are more susceptible to toxic air pollution. This can lead to illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure, asthma, and cancer, all of which are also pre-existing conditions that put people at higher risk for the more severe effects of COVID-19. Communities of color and low income communities are also hit harder by climate crisis events such as hurricanes, wildfires, and floods.
Today, tomorrow, and always, we will fight together for climate justice and equity.
Why Justice in Every Breath?
Every day, we see examples of the living breath being taken from people in communities of color. From bearing the brunt of police brutality to the COVID crisis, these same communities breathe significantly more air pollution than others. This is not an equitable and just legacy we want to leave for our children. As mothers, it’s our job to teach, lead, and promise better for the next generation. For this reason, we
- VOW to stand against environmental racism;
- VOW to stand with communities disproportionately affected by climate change and air pollution; and
- VOW to inform your community, family, and friends about these issues so that we can collectively demand environmental justice in our communities.
No matter the color of their skin, everyone has a right to breathe clean air, and that right is a civil right for all.
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE PROGRAMS
Community Rx is a climate campaign dedicated to advocacy in African American communities. Our signature program is Faith Force — a faith-based program rooted in a shared love of the earth.
1 in 9
is affected by asthma
Over 1 Million
African Americans live
within one mile of
oil and gas operations
Serving black children
are located closer to
heavily trafficked roads
EcoMadres brings Latina moms together to address issues of clean air, climate, and toxics that affect the health of Latino children and families.
68% of Latinos
in the U.S. live in areas
that do not meet federal air
are 60% more at risk of
having asthma attacks
exacerbated by air pollution
Latinos live within
one half mile of existing
oil and gas facilities
For More Information
Please contact us for more information about our Environmental Justice programs:
Community Rx and Faith Force:
Tonya Calhoun, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cinthia Zermeño Moore, email@example.com
Sasha Tenenbaum, firstname.lastname@example.org