Climate change already touches every corner of our lives, from what we eat to how we sleep and where we work. Its impacts are being felt around the world as widespread crop failures and extreme weather events such as wildfires, heat waves, and hurricanes increase in frequency and severity.
Those that are bearing the brunt of these impacts are also the most vulnerable in society: Black, Indigenous, low-income, and other communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution. The climate crisis has highlighted the disparities across groups that continue to worsen under existing power structures and incremental climate action. However, this crisis can also be viewed as a major economic mobilization opportunity to improve health, environmental, and social outcomes for all. To take advantage of this moment, we need bold, justice-oriented, and immediate policies that support aggressive emissions reductions and carbon removal and also distribute power in a way that builds a more just and equitable society.