June 25, 2013
Obama Takes a Stand on Climate Change with New Plan
Oakland, CA – Today, for the first time in his presidency, President Obama laid out the framework for his new plan to address climate change. The plan outlined four key steps in taking action against climate change: ending limitless pollution, using more clean energy, wasting less energy and leading international efforts. President Obama encouraged the nation to act immediately to help protect future generations by investing in a clean future economy.
Community Food and Justice Coalition (CFJC) applauds President Obama for taking a stand on this pressing issue and proposing a National Climate Action Plan. He demonstrates true leadership by taking executive action despite Congress’ current inaction while also urging our Congress to join him in addressing the current and future challenges related to climate change.
CFJC recognizes the importance of addressing climate change; it impacts our health, food system, livelihoods, and lives. Climate change already affects our communities and disproportionately impacts vulnerable, low-income communities. We also recognize and uplift that when climate policy is based in equity and best serves low-income, communities of color, then everyone as a whole is best served economically and environmentally. It is critical to hold communities, their health, and our environment at the center of any climate change action.
We encourage and cheer on the president for taking this important first step and urge him to make sure the process is transparent and inclusive for all.
The Community Food and Justice Coalition promotes the basic human right to healthy food. By partnering with individuals and organizations at the local, state, and national level, CFJC works on grassroots initiatives to develop and support a food system that is equitable, healthy, environmentally sustainable, and community-driven.