WHEREAS, the impacts of climate change disproportionately impacts the communities of color; and
WHEREAS, globally, climate change is likely to cause damage in excess of $600 billion per year, with particularly negative effects in Africa; and
WHEREAS, about 160,000 people die every year worldwide from side-effects of global warming ranging from malaria to malnutrition and reduction of agricultural output in many poorer countries; and
WHEREAS, an additional 80-90 million poor people could be at risk of hunger and malnutrition later in the 21st century and poorer countries are much less able to withstand the devastation caused by extreme weather events, and climate change is likely to increase such events; and
WHEREAS, over 70 percent of African-Americans live in counties in violation of federal air pollution standards; and
WHEREAS, in every one of the 44 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., African- Americans are more likely than whites to be exposed to higher air toxic concentrations. As a result, African-Americans are nearly three times as likely to be hospitalized or killed by asthma; and
WHEREAS, solving the climate crisis can create 5 million ‗green' jobs that will be in places where they are needed most; and
WHEREAS, a new energy policy can reduce the burden of low and moderate-income households spending a larger share of their budgets on energy and other basic costs of living than better-off households; and
WHEREAS, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports that the average surface temperature of the earth increased nearly 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit in the 20th century, due primarily to human cause climate change; and
WHEREAS, scientists project an increase of 3.2-7.2 degrees Fahrenheit in the 21st century, depending upon the extent to which climate change pollution is reduced; and
WHEREAS, we have an opportunity to end energy policies that drain jobs from our economy, put our communities at risk of heat waves and flooding, and drag America into conflict over energy resources overseas; and
WHEREAS, meaningful climate change policy can create real public benefits including millions of good green-collar jobs and build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP will call on our nation's elected leaders to ensure that the response to climate change can take higher ground than business as usual – one that ensures that we capture real public benefits from the new energy economy; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP supports climate change policy that will build a new generation of good jobs, rebuild urban areas and support rural areas, and protect families, communities and public health, and help elevate our nation as a world leader; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP works with the National Wildlife Federation and will urge all of its units to support legislation and other efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions, reverse the process of climate change and promote the new green economy.