Addressing the disproportionate impact of climate change on low-income communities and communities of color
CRPE uses its unique blend of community organizing and litigation to address the dual threats that low-income communities and communities of color face: disproportionately suffering from the effects of climate change, and the effects of policy decisions to address global warming. Our efforts have focused on California and the Native Village of Kivalina.
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California's Cap and Trade Program and Assembly Bill 32 - The California Global Warming Solutions Act. Cap and Trade is an unjust system because it does not require major polluters to reduce their carbon emissions, as well as the accompanying harmful air pollution emitted by refineries, power plants, and other major polluters . Cap and Trade has a disproportionate negative impact on communities of color because those communities do not receive the benefits of on site-reductions when major polluters buy pollution reductions from somewhere else. CRPE advocates for alternatives to Cap and Trade that won't compromise the needs and rights of low income communities and communities of color.
The Green Paper. Applying our "from the ground up" philosophy to issues of economic development, reducing pollution, and protecting public health, CRPE worked with grassroots leaders from low-income, rural communities in the Valley to develop their vision of the green economy. View the green paper in English or Spanish.
California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA). Through our membership in CEJA CRPE unites with other environmental justice organizations throughout California to work toward statewide level policy changes. In 2012 we sponsored Assembly Bill 1990, a "Solar for All" bill that would have created small-scale clean energy projects in low-income communities and communities of color. We continue to work on legislation that will benefit our communities.
NATIVE VILLAGE OF KIVALINA
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Kivalina is a small island in Northwestern Alaska that is seeing the effects of climate change first hand. As sea ice has melted, the island has become more susceptible to harsh winter storms and erosion because the ice no longer buffers waves or storm surges. Because of these effects of climate change Kivalina needs to relocate.
CRPE is a member of the legal team representing Kivalina in the Native Village of Kivalina v. Exxon Mobil. The lawsuit is against the twenty-four largest oil and electric companies. It alleges that these corporations are the top global warming polluters in the U.S. and are substantially contributing to global warming and the resulting damage to Kivalina. The lawsuit also alleges that a group of defendants led by ExxonMobil has engaged in a conspiracy to mislead the public about the causes and effects of climate change. Kivalina seeks monetary damages for the necessary relocation of their village.
UPDATE: Native Village of Kivalina to Appeal in Landmark Climate Change Case (9.21.12)
UPDATE: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Hears Climate Change Lawsuit (11.28.11)
"Courts as Battlefields in Climate Fights" via New York Times (1.26.10)