Climate Justice Alliance / Our Power Campaign
WHAT IS THE CLIMATE JUSTICE ALLIANCE?
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a collaborative of over 50 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from an extractive economy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change.
We are rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the U.S. We are applying the power of deep grassroots organizing to win local, regional, statewide, and national shifts. These communities comprise more than 100 million people, often living near toxic, climate polluting energy infrastructure or other facilities. As racially oppressed and/or economically marginalized groups, these communities have suffered disproportionately from the impacts of pollution and the ecological crisis, and share deep histories of struggle in every arena, including organizing, mass direct action, electoral work, cultural revival, and policy advocacy.
Together we are strengthening relationships between community-based organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, food sovereignty/sustainable agriculture groups and other sectors of society.
As CJA we are coalescing our power to reshape the economy and governance in the coming decades – we are communities united for a just transition.
CJA’s steering committee currently includes Movement Generation, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, UPROSE, Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, Communities for a Better Environment, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, Indiana NAACP, Indigenous Environmental Network, and Movement Strategy Center.
OUR LONG TERM GOALS ARE:
End the Era of Extreme Energy. We are creating transition pathways to end the era of extreme energy like fossil fuels, nuclear power, waste and biomass incineration, landfill gas, mega-hydro, and agrofuels, which pose extreme risks to human and ecosystem health, community resilience, economic equity and climate stability. This would reduce carbon emissions in line with what science says is necessary to avoid catastrophic climate change while preserving healthy local ecosystems and communities. Mitigation and adaptation must be practiced in tandem, and aligned to address the root causes of the problem.
Implement a Just Transition to Local Living Economies in which good, green, and family-supporting jobs are created for unemployed, and underemployed people, and workers formerly employed by extreme energy industries. Our re-localized economies will be ecologically grounded, produce community wellbeing, democratize decision-making, and promote local control of resources (including land, water, and food systems).
To see what a Just Transition looks like, watch this video about the 2013 Our Power Camp, hosted by Black Mesa Water Coalition in Arizona:
t.e.j.a.s. (Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services) is a member of CJA and the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston. t.e.j.a.s. is working with frontline communities in Houston, supporting grassroots recovery, relief, and community-building after Harvey. Learn more about t.e.j.a.s. and support their work by clicking the link above.
To learn more about the Our Power Campaign and the Climate Justice Alliance, visit www.ourpowercampaign.org.