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Environmental and climate justice region i 2013 final


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Environmental and climate justice region i 2013 final

  1. 1. Environmental and Climate Justice Region I The Path to Transformation for Our Communities
  2. 2. OVERVIEW What We’re Up Against What Are Our Assets How Do We Eliminate Threats and Optimize Our Strengths Re-envisioning Community
  3. 3. Our Current Course
  4. 4. Waste and CommunitiesWhere does American’s waste really go?
  5. 5. Waste
  6. 6. Waste Being Dumped in Our Communities
  7. 7. Landfills in Region IAlaska: 3Arizona: 20California: 112Hawaii: 8Idaho: 6Nevada: 4Oregon: 11Utah:11Washington:14
  8. 8. Landfills Kettleman City and Buttonwillow are two of threelow-income, Latino communities where California’s toxic waste dumps are located. Both haveexperienced unexplained birth defect clusters, high cancer rates and other health effects
  9. 9. Incinerators
  10. 10. IncineratorsStericycle, Inc. operates Utah’s only commercial medicalwaste incinerator in Salt Lake City Utah.•Last commercial medical waste incinerator in the westernregion as Stericycle has replaced incineration in bothCalifornia and Arizona with safer, non-incinerationtreatment technologies.•Stericycle burns waste from all over Utah and California,Arizona, Colorado and Texas at the facility in North SaltLake City.
  11. 11. Energy Production
  12. 12. Industry and our Children
  13. 13. Deepwater Horizon Incident
  14. 14. Richmond Oil Refinery—A History of Environmental Injustice
  15. 15. Hydraulic Fracturing (Fracking)
  16. 16. Effects of Fracking Brainbridge, Ohio: home explosion and contaminated drinking waterGranger Township, Ohio: explosive levels of natural gas in community’s drinking water (federal level of explosivity is 1% and inside one of the homes tested was an alarming 20%)
  17. 17. Fracking AccidentsAppomattox, VirginiaNatural gas pipelineexplosion
  18. 18. Halliburton Loophole
  19. 19. Nuclear Reactors in the US
  20. 20. Nuclear Waste ShippedFrom California to Utah
  21. 21. Failing Coal Plants in Region I
  22. 22. Arizona City Plant 3-mile State 3-mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationTucson H.Wilson $10,258 50.6% 74.7% F SundtJoseph Cholla $13,096 64.6% 27.3% D City Saint Coronado $12,470 61.5% 33.4% D Johns Page Navajo $18,294 90.2% 38.4% D+Springer Springerville $13,255 65.4% 31.0% D+ ville
  23. 23. H Wilson SundtGenerating Station Tucson, AZ
  24. 24. CaliforniaCity Plant Name 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Average Income P.O.C. Income Percenta Population geTrona ACE $16,347 72.0% 24.1% D+ Cogeneration
  25. 25. ACE Congeneration Trona, California
  26. 26. Hawaii City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationKapolei AES $20,931 97.2% 87.0% F Hawaii
  27. 27. Kahe Power Plant Leeward, Oahu
  28. 28. Nevada City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentage PopulationMoapa Reid $14,392 65.5% 52.8% D- Gardner
  29. 29. Reid-Gardner Power Plant Moapa, Nevada
  30. 30. Oregon City Plant 3-mile State 3-Mile Grade Name Average Income P.O.C. Income Percentag Population eBoardman Boardman $13,982 66.8% 48.6% D-
  31. 31. Boardman Coal Plant Boardman, Oregon
  32. 32. Effects of Polluting Waste and Energy Facilities
  33. 33. Effects of Pollution
  34. 34. Climate Change
  35. 35. Climate Change
  36. 36. We need to take control!We need to take control!We need to take control! Of this climate!<Repeat>It’s getting hot! Yeah it’s heating up!!The climate’s changing! How it’saffecting us!!You mean the floods storms, droughts,and fires.
  37. 37. And heat related deaths in the US is gettinghigher!Now who at risk? You at risk? So what you doin’?Neighborhoods affected by all this air pollution…..It’s not amusing. It’s a problem . It’s solution!Decreasing carbon footprint…’s really not hardto do it.I been going green since I was a little kid. In myhood the heat is killing kids!
  38. 38. Get Your Green Class
  39. 39. I speak for the climate. Yeah, I’m the earth’sventriloquist!Those heat waves, I know you feeling it.Stop burning that coal. Use propane when yougrilling it cause it could harm your respiratoryAsk these politicians for change. They ain’t doingnothing for me.They pollute around my area cuz we ain’t in theycategory!We need to take control! Of this climate!Ladder to prosperity…I’m ready to climb it!
  40. 40. This country’s morals, laws…..Somebody help mefind itOur eco-death certificate. They ready to sign it!And I ain’t having that, especially not around myhabitat! And that’s mainly where it happen at!They acting upon us. So that’s the reason why weacting back.Protesting, lobbying,….. Going green is myhobby, man.Stop drilling for fossils. Worry ‘bout tomorrow!
  41. 41. Keep going at this rate, the whole earthgoing be in sorrow. No resources toborrow.I said let’s take control of our climate andyour carbon footprint, please try to declineit!It’s getting hot! Yeah, it’s heating up! Theclimate’s changing! How it’s affecting us….
  42. 42. Impacts---Extreme Weather Hurricanes Drought Floods Earthquakes Tropical Cyclones Landslides WildFires Heat or Cold Waves and much more….
  43. 43. Hurricane Sandy
  44. 44. Hurricane Katrina
  45. 45. Surge in Damaging Tornadoes
  46. 46. Obliteration of Communities and Erosion of Cultures
  47. 47. Who is Recovering/Returning?
  48. 48. Port Gibson—Grand Gulf
  49. 49. Relief, Recovery, Redevelopment
  50. 50. Employment Security
  51. 51. Second Wave
  52. 52. Criminalization
  53. 53. Who is able to respond?
  54. 54. Who’s Making the Decisions?
  55. 55. Who Is Delivering Assistance?
  56. 56. Shifts in Agricultural Yields
  57. 57. Shifts in Agricultural Yields
  58. 58. Food Insecurity in the USCorner Store Supermarket
  59. 59. Feast and Famine in Urban America Corner Store Supermarket
  60. 60. Sea Level Rise
  61. 61. Sea Level Rise
  62. 62. Countries Disappearing of the Map?
  63. 63. Profits Over People
  64. 64. Anti-Regulatory Investments Company Total Spent on Lobbying in 2010 Southern Company $13,220,000 Edison International $13,080,000American Electric Power $10,313,196 Duke Energy $4,800,000 Dominion $2,050,000 First Energy $1,865,000 Xcel Energy $1,720,000 DTE Energy $1,500,000
  65. 65. Fighting Renewable Energy Southern Company successfully opposed a plan to create a national electricity market in 2004 and has dedicated significant money and effort to fighting the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), which would require utilities to purchase 15% of their power from renewable sources by 2020.
  66. 66. CNN NEWSROOM-Hurricane IssacMALVEAUX: And Senator, finally, why is it thatPlaquemines Parish did not get that support for alevee?LANDRIEU: Because the Corps of Engineers has aformula that they use to determine where they aregoing to build or reinforce the levees, based oneconomic impact ….you get less points if there isless of an economic impact……
  67. 67. CEO Compensation for 2010 at Companies Owning the Top EJ Offenders Company CEO Name CEO CompensationEdison International Theodore F. Craver Jr. $9,536,038Dominion Thomas F. Farrell II $16,924,385DTE Energy Gerald M. Anderson $5,601,383Duke Energy James E. Rogers $8,815,181Xcel Energy Richard C. Kelly $9,956,433Southern Company Thomas A. Fanning $6,019,151First Energy Anthony J. Alexander $11,627,657[i] AFL-CIO CEO Pay Database, Accessed November 2011
  68. 68. Deepening Disparity The average CEO compensation for these companies in 2010 was $9,782,889 while the average worker in these companies made $33,840. On average the CEOs at these companies were compensated at 289 times the rate of compensation for the average worker.
  69. 69. African Americans and Energy $40 Billion 1.1% .01%
  70. 70. Our Overall Economic Plight While the national rate of unemployment during February 2012, was 8.3% that rate is nearly double of African Americans at 14.1%. A report by the Pew Research Center revealed that the wealth divide between whites and people of color hit a record high in 2009, with the median wealth of white households 20 times higher than black households
  71. 71. Another Way?
  72. 72. Diverting WasteAchieving 75% waste diversion in 2030 would:• Create 1.5 million new jobs• Lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 515 million tons (~72 coal plants or 50 million cars)• Significantly reduce pollution impacting human & ecological health
  73. 73. Slide courtesy Brenda Platt, ILSR
  74. 74. Recycling Recology, San Francisco’s primary recycling, composting and waste company, employs more than 1,000 workers who are represented by the Teamsters.  Over 118 new employees have been hired in recent years to sort recyclables and monitor the collection routes in order to meet San Francisco’s aggressive recycling goals.
  75. 75. Diversion from Landfills=JOBS In Seattle 2009, nearly 100,000 tons of organic waste was diverted from landfills by the city of Seattle’s program. The city of Seattle’s waste diversion efforts not only benefit the environment, but also sustain family- supporting jobs for the more than 1,000 solid waste and recycling drivers and transfer station employees in Seattle and King County who are represented by the Teamsters Union.
  76. 76. Promoting Local Ownership Local ownership programs can create two to three times as many jobs per megawatt produced. And these local jobs keep over three times as much money and wealth in a community compared to big companies.
  77. 77. Promoting Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
  78. 78. Why Progressive Energy Policies?  ENERGY EFFICIENCY: The less energy we use, the less we are polluting, the less our communities are exposed to pollution, and the less we are advancing climate change, which also disproportionately harms our communities.  CLEAN ENERGY: The more clean energy we use, the less harmful energy we are using saving our community health, property values, and the sustainability of our environment.
  79. 79. Energy Efficiency
  80. 80. Cooperative/Low Fuel Transportation
  81. 81. Wind Energy
  82. 82. Solar Powered Homes/Businesses/Communities
  83. 83. Churches Can Become Energy Efficient too!
  84. 84. Defining Progressive Energy Policies  Renewable Portfolio Standards —States commit to a minimum amount of their energy mix that will come from renewable sources  Should be mandatory  Should be at least 25% by 2025  Energy Efficiency Standards —States commit to reducing their energy consumption  Should be mandatory  Should be at least 1% annual reduction of previous year retail electricity sales.  Net Metering– Utility customers who generate their energy through renewable sources are able to sell excess energy generated back to the grid for the same purchasing price utility companies charge for electricity.
  86. 86. Progressive Energy Policies in Region I cont’d STATE ENERGY RENEWABLE NET EFFICIENCY ENERGY METERING STANDARD STANDARD NevadaDistrict of NO YES YESColumbia Oregon NO YES YES Utah NO YES YESWashington YES YES YES
  87. 87. Taking Action!!
  88. 88. Educating Ourselves
  89. 89. HBCU Leadership in Research
  90. 90. Black Leadership inJust Energy Entrepreneurship
  91. 91. Taking it To the Street toDemand Corporate Social Responsibility
  92. 92. Curtailing Financing
  93. 93. Local, Cooperative Communities
  94. 94. Local Cooperative Communities
  95. 95. Judicial decrees may not change the heart, but they can restrain the heartless. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  96. 96. Legal Action--MATS Intervention
  97. 97. Engaging with the EPA
  98. 98. Advancing Just Policy
  99. 99. Civic Engagement
  100. 100. Together We CAN!
  101. 101. !! JOIN US !! Start an Environmental and Climate Justice Committee Conduct a Community Assessment and Develop an Action Plan Start a Coal Blooded Campaign Start a Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard Campaign Start an Energy Efficiency Standard Campaign Start a Net Metering Campaign Initiate a Clean Energy or Energy Efficiency Demonstration Project Develop a Disaster Plan Start an Eco-District in Your Municipality Launch a Youth and College 10,000 Steps Campaign
  102. 102. Our Resources 2010 Climate Justice Toolkit Coal Blooded: Putting Profits Before People—National Report Coal Blooded Action Toolkit 10,000 Steps Youth and College Toolkit Coming Soon Just Energy Policies State By State Compendium ECJ Comprehensive Toolkit Black Church ECJ Toolkit Beasts of the Southern Wild Discussion Guide
  103. 103. What Will Your Branch Do?
  104. 104. Thank You Jacqui PattersonDirector, Environmental and Climate Justice Program 443-465-9809