Environmental Justice

Environmental justice is the fight to address the disproportionate effects of environmental degradation and climate change on people of color, low income communities and other marginalized groups.

The Power Shift Network views the fight for environmental justice as part of the larger fight for social justice. A social justice framework can unite our youth efforts with community groups protecting themselves from dirty industries, in a collaborative and diverse movement towards a clean and just energy future for all.

To increase the health and well-being of all people, we need to dismantle the systems of oppression that assign unearned privileges based on race, class and gender. We need to provide solutions to our energy problems that everyone can participate in and everyone can benefit from, especially those who have suffered the most consequences as a result of our addiction to fossil fuels. It is in everyone’s interest to broaden and diversify the coalition of organizations working toward a clean energy future beyond the traditional “environmental” movement.  

Please join us in building an inclusive and powerful movement towards justice.


Recent Posts

Beyond Earth Day at Syracuse University
Posted on April 28
Geoengineering Is Not Environmental Justice...So Why Are Environmental Activists Not Talking About It?
Posted on February 15
Twenty Years Later, Is the Executive Order on Environmental Justice Enough?
Posted on February 11
Announcing a New SustainUS Initiative: Climate Action Lab!
Posted on February 5
Florida Youth Unite in Solidarity for 5th Annual Leadership Summit!
Posted on February 4
In Birmingham, AL, a Film to Expose Environmental Injustice
Posted on December 23

Featured Posts

An introduction to a resource bank that we hope will help us move a little bit closer to realizing our dream of a just and sustainable future for our movements and the world.

By Eddie Junsay, Eva Malis, and Charlie Jiang

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343 Twenty years ago today, President Clinton signed Executive Order 12898. This landmark victory for the Environmental Justice movement was the first serious action to address environmental justice at the federal level -- requiring federal agencies to stop minority and low-income populations from being dumped on, polluted on, and incinerated on “disproportionately”.

But does the Order do enough?

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