African Americans on Climate Change and Conservation

While African Americans are underrepresented in the public debates on climate change and environmental issues generally, they are as aware of these issues as other groups in American society, and committed to action--both personal and governmental--to deal with the problems associated with climate change.

Secretary Slater Calls For a National Vision For Transportation

In an interview with FOCUS magazine, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater, Esq. emphasized the importance of a national vision for the future of transportation in the context of the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  He also explained the impact of the infrastructure provisions of the stimulus package on the African American community and the role of black elected officials in this process.  The highlights of the interview follow....

Principles to Address the Needs of African Americans and Communities of Color in Climate Change Legislation

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Climate change clearly represents a threat to the environment, but, for millions of people of color in the United States, it is also one more manifestation of  how our energy and transportation systems often endanger the health and livelihood of their families, their communities, and their homeland, be it coastal Georgia or rural Kenya. As a result, communities of color in the United States have a unique perspective on how to approach the challenges of climate change.

Environmental Justice Through the Eye of Hurricane Katrina

Inequitable outcomes are the legacy of decades of segregation.

No more Katrinas: How reducing disparities can promote disaster preparedness

This paper presents a synthesis of findings and themes from a set of background papers commissioned by the Joint Center and from a convening of California-based stakeholders. It concludes with a set of core principles that should form a framework for disaster preparedness planning in the future.

Understanding the Role of African American Churches and Clergy in Community Crisis Response

This study, commissioned by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and carried out by leading researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, provides important insight into how much of a financial burden racial disparities are putting on our health care system and society at large. The researchers examined the direct costs associated with the provision of care to a sicker and more disadvantaged population, as well as the indirect costs of health inequities such as lost productivity, lost wages, absenteeism, family leave, and premature deaths.

In the Wake of Katrina: The Continuing Saga of Housing and Rebuilding in New Orleans

In this paper, James Carr and his co-authors provide a
thorough examination of the many factors that have delayed
or continue to serve as persistent barriers to rebuilding
housing stock in New Orleans.

The African American Climate Change Crisis

We live in a moment in the United States where civil rights are enshrined in the law and racial epithets are considered especially offensive. Ironically, when the attacks on people of color and low-income citizens are of an environmental nature, they are seldom met with condemnation, or modest redress, like remediation or clean-up, let alone prosecution. This reality comes after a decade of data revealing that race, not income, is the best predictor of exposure to hazardous waste, toxic chemicals and environmental harms in general.