CONTACT: Sasha Tenenbaum
Senior Manager, Media and Public Engagement
WASHINGTON, DC—On April 21, President Joe Biden signed an executive order titled, “Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All.” This order mandated that all federal agencies take measures to address and prevent disproportionate and adverse environmental and health impacts on communities, and it established an Office of Environmental Justice within the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
In response, Stephanie Reese, Moms Clean Air Force Director of DEIJ and Strategic Implementation, issued this statement:
“President Biden’s Executive Order advancing environmental justice marks a significant stride in recognizing the enduring challenges faced by communities of color and low-income areas. These communities have disproportionately shouldered the burden of toxic pollution and the impacts of climate change, facing direct and often devastating consequences. This manifests as heightened health risks, intensified food insecurity, and increased housing instability.
“By integrating environmental justice across all federal agencies, President Biden’s administration is championing the cause of communities most affected by systemic factors that contribute to environmental injustices and climate threats. And by recognizing the need for new Office of Environmental Justice devoted to addressing disparities in data and research, the administration strengthened its commitment to environmental justice for all.
“The executive order not only acknowledges the persistent struggles of historically marginalized communities, but also reaffirms environmental justice as both a moral obligation and a crucial component in the fight against climate change.
“At Moms Clean Air Force, we envision a future where every individual, irrespective of their race, socioeconomic status, or geographical location, is entitled to clean air, clean water, and a thriving environment. We remain committed to uplifting the voices of marginalized and underrepresented communities, ensuring that they are heard and respected in decision-making processes that impact their communities, families, and children.
“The executive order’s emphasis on accountability, transparency, and meaningful community engagement aligns closely with our core values, and we eagerly anticipate joining forces with the administration to turn this vision into reality.”