“We Are The Resistance,” Greenlining Institute Says; Climate Change Disproportionately Hurts Communities of Color

Bruce Mirken, Greenlining Institute Media Relations Director, 415-846-7758 (cell)
Alvaro Sanchez, Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Director, 510-926-4018

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA – President Trump’s decision to abandon the Paris agreement on climate change will damage the U.S. economy and global reputation for leadership, but puts a new spotlight on California’s role leading the fight against climate change, policy experts at The Greenlining Institute said today.

“Because California has led with strong policies to fight climate change and bring the benefits of the clean energy economy to disadvantaged communities, we won’t feel this drastically,” said Greenlining Institute Environmental Equity Director Alvaro Sanchez. “Still, California can’t solve climate change alone, and this fool-hearted action will embolden polluters and put the world on a dangerous path.”

Sanchez noted that low-income communities of color feel the impacts of pollution and climate change most severely, and most urgently need action to protect the planet and their communities, as well as the prosperity the growing clean-energy sector has begun to generate. Greenlining has worked for years to ensure these benefits reach disadvantaged neighborhoods and has highlighted real-world stories of these benefits on its UpLift California website.

“While we have a healthy debate about the details, California continues to show leadership on fair, far-sighted climate policies through new legislation now moving forward,” Sanchez said.” Bills like SB 100, SB 49, SB 50 and SB 51 can build on our past success and help insulate California from misguided federal actions. Trump wants to lead us down the dead-end of the dirty energy economy, but we are The Resistance and ultimately, we will win.”


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