Devastation from climate change has become all too frequent.
And the human suffering caused by these extreme weather disasters falls disproportionally on low income communities, communities of color and indigenous peoples, according to Ben Schreiber of Friends of the Earth (FOE).
Super Storm Sandy, Hurricane Katrina, droughts and wildfires all increase the vulnerability of people who lack the adequate resources to plan, prepare and recover from climate disasters. Unfortunately, President Obama’s plan for dealing with climate change doesn't protect those communities most at risk.
People in vulnerable communities are already struggling with dirty air, unsafe housing and increased cancer rates. So when extreme weather hits, its impacts are even more devastating.
The Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change has created this petition because the President needs to make environmental justice a key part of his Climate Action Plan.
Because this petition is hosted at WhiteHouse.gov, they will have to respond if 100,000 signatures can be reached by December 29, according to the administration’s own rules.
Help meet this goal and ensure that the President directly addresses this critical environmental justice issue.
[Note that you will be required to register at WhiteHouse.gov to sign the petition - please take just a few minutes to register so your signature can be counted.]
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