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Climate Justice

Climate change threatens all of us, but not equally.

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Overview

Communities of color and low-income communities contribute the least to the climate crisis but suffer its worst harms. And because these communities are often excluded from political processes, they are often not included in solutions to prevent these harms. What’s more, they’re already overburdened by racist social and environmental policies.

Mitigating and adapting to climate change is a matter of justice. But justice is not often part of the national conversation around climate change — or our nation’s response to it. 

The Center for Progressive Reform is advancing climate justice by centering racial and economic disparities in climate policy. We’re working with activists and advocates to elevate and amplify the climate concerns of marginalized groups and advance key climate justice policies at the state and federal levels — and prevent future climate policies from reinforcing existing inequities and promoting the interests of those who profit from climate change: the fossil fuel industry and its enablers.

Our Initiatives

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Protect Vulnerable Populations

A project to map, analyze, and evaluate key climate justice strategies and practices as states like California implement a statewide plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2045.

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Hold Industry Accountable

Advocating for and educating policymakers and the public about legislative and regulatory efforts that enable or diminish climate justice.

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Reform State Governance

Reform State GovernanceA strategic communications project to help shape the narrative around climate change so it centers racial and economic justice and builds support for policies that address the often overlooked needs of frontline communities.

Recent Highlights

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Arlie W. Schardt Fund 
For Climate Justice

Speaking Out for Climate Justice

With the support of a new fund, named in honor of environmental advocate and renowned journalist, Arlie Schardt, we’re forging a path forward for climate justice action and policy.