The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a collaborative of over 35 community-based and movement support organizations. We are uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable, and socio-economically just transition away from unsustainable energy towards local living economies. We address the root causes of climate change.
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Why Just Transition?
“Just transition means we are intentional about ending the fossil fuel economy in a way that builds up an alternative economy that benefits our people.” —Jihan Gearon, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, quoted in the Nation
Excerpt From Occupy to Climate Justice
by Wen Stephenson in the Nation:
The Our Power Campaign focuses on three “hot spots”: in the Black Mesa region of the Navajo Nation, led by the Black Mesa Water Coalition; in Detroit, led by the East Michigan Environmental Action Council; and in Richmond, California, led by the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Communities for a Better Environment. Each of these groups is not only fighting the local impacts of fossil-fuel extraction and infrastructure—coal mines and power plants in Arizona, a coal plant and oil refinery in Detroit, and the massive Chevron refinery in Richmond—but just as much, applying principles of economic democracy to work toward more sustainable and resilient local economies in struggling communities.
Jihan Gearon, executive director of the Black Mesa Water Coalition, grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. She told me that their approach to climate is “holistic,” addressing not only emissions as they move away from coal but also adaptation—especially as water becomes scarce—and economic transition. “We are not content with parts per million of CO2 reduced,” she said. “We also want to ensure that we protect health, water and jobs as we reduce CO2.”
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