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November 7, 2022
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NAACP PARTICIPATES IN 2022 UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE (COP27)
NAACP thought leaders join world leaders to engage in proactive planning for climate change.
(WASHINGTON DC) – This week, America's preeminent civil rights organization, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), joins world leaders at the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to partake in thoughtful dialogue on the importance of environmental and climate justice. Action on environmental justice and climate change is more important than ever. The NAACP will highlight and further emphasize our stance on environmental and climate justice at COP27.
The NAACP has distributed resources in local communities, engaged with community members to discuss environmental injustices, and worked with community partners to ensure continued work on the ground throughout the US. The Association has testified in congressional hearings regarding infrastructure disinvestment in Black communities and filed a now open federal discrimination complaint with the EPA which probed an investigation into the state of Mississippi over the Jackson water crisis.
"We have known for years that Black people across the diaspora are more likely to experience environmental racism in their communities. Additionally, industries such as fossil fuel, coal, and other industries create toxic footprints in Black communities that exacerbates long-term health issues for Black communities," said NAACP Director of Environmental Climate Justice Abre' Conner. "We must continue to center Black communities and communities of color in global conversations and negotiations regarding any solutions and investments about environmental injustices."
The NAACP will partake in discussions throughout COP27, which include hosting a panel in the Blue Zone on Water Day, November 14, 2022, in the Climate Justice Pavilion. These conversations are to ensure international leaders have insight on the disproportional environmental issues faced in America and how the Association can continue its efforts to secure environmental justice.
Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.
NOTE: The Legal Defense Fund – also referred to as the NAACP-LDF – was founded in 1940 as a part of the NAACP, but separated in 1957 to become a completely separate entity. It is recognized as the nation's first civil and human rights law organization and shares our commitment to equal rights.