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10/31/2015 | Organizing for Environmental Justice

Mobilizing for Climate Justice

Threatened by devastating droughts, superstorm hurricanes, and the increasing severity of climate change, CPD, partner organizations, and allies throughout the country took action in October to demand bold, decisive measures to address the climate crisis. 

Continuing the work of last year’s historic People’s Climate March in New York City, the People’s Climate Movement National Day of Action on October 14 advanced demands that world leaders and US representatives secure strong, binding agreements to drastically reduce carbon emissions at the critical international climate negotiations occurring in Paris this December.

With nearly 200 actions in 47 states, the day of action mobilized communities throughout the country. Importantly, many of these actions were driven by the low-income communities and communities of color that are disproportionately impacted by the climate crisis.

CPD partner organizations played a key role in this mobilization with Action North Carolina, ACTION United in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, CASA de Maryland, Community Labor United in Boston, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change in Minneapolis, New Florida Majority in Miami, Ohio Organizing Collaborative in Cleveland, One Pittsburgh, Organize Now in Orlando, and Rights & Democracy in Vermont driving or participating in actions. 

The actions included the targeting of JPMorgan Chase in New York for fossil fuel financing, the launch of a cutting edge green jobs initiative in Philadelphia, and the largest action in the country – 2,000 people marching in the streets of Miami – organized by New Florida Majority and a vibrant coalition of local allies.

With this new momentum, CPD, with our partners and allies are helping to grow the critical organizing infrastructure to address the climate crisis over the long term.