Harlem’s Peggy Shepard Questions Beto On Climate Change During CNN’s Presidential Town Hall Special

September 13, 2019

In case you missed CNN’s Climate Crisis Town Hall, Peggy Shepard had an opportunity to ask Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke how he would help Americans deal with extreme heat.

Extreme heat is one of the public health impacts of climate change that disproportionately effects low-income communities and communities of color.

WE ACT for Environmental Justice’s Co-Founder & Executive Director Peggy Shepard was invited to CNN’s Climate Crisis Town Hall on September 4th, 2019 and asked Democratic Presidential Candidate Beto O’Rourke how he would help Americans deal with extreme heat, one of the public health impacts of climate change, which disproportionately effects low-income communities and communities of color. Support our work at weact.org/donate.

It is well-documented that some of the most polluted environments in America are where people of color live, work, play, and pray. WE ACT was started in 1988 when three fearless community leaders saw that environmental racism was rampant in their West Harlem neighborhood, and they demanded community-driven, political change. Today, the organization has grown to over 16 staff members and 2 locations in NYC and Washington, D.C., and is considered an active and respected participant in the national Environmental Justice Movement.

The Environmental Justice Movement began in order to call attention to and organize against environmental racism, which is often left out of the mainstream, largely white, environmental advocacy agendas. In 1991, a multinational group, including WE ACT, attended The First People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in Washington D.C. At the event, The Principles of Environmental Justice were created and agreed upon, and still stand as a guiding set of principles for the Environmental Justice Movement today. WE ACT is the lead organizer of the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change, and has provided effective leadership in the development of New York City and northeast region environmental justice alliances to network, collaborate and impact environmental policy-making.

WE ACT, 1854 Amsterdam Avenue (at 152nd Street), 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10031, 212.961.1000, https://www.weact.org/

Photo credit: 1) Peggy Shepard, Heinz Awards via source. 2) Youtube.com.

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