Friday, April 25, 2014

EPA Chief Asks African-Americans To Become 'Climate Justice Advocates'

EPA Chief Asks African-Americans To Become 'Climate Justice Advocates': ATLANTA -– Environmental Protection Agency leaders have something to tell African-American communities about the agency's work on climate change: We need you.

That was the message from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in her first visit to the Southeast as head of the agency. McCarthy spoke at the historically black Clark Atlanta University on Thursday night, at an event hosted by the youth advocacy group Hip Hop Caucus that aimed to build support among young, black audiences for climate change action.

The EPA, McCarthy said, is "making sure we hear from those who are most vulnerable to climate change."

"That's an incredibly important piece of all this," McCarthy said. "That's one of the main reasons I am here today. We need a broad, diverse coalition of champion climate justice advocates."