April 17, 2018

We all know no great change comes without hard work, and hardworking activists all over the US made headlines for their commitment to making the world more just and more clean. Plus, we saw a major company meet its commitment to clean energy!

 

Southern Campaign to Focus on Potential for Clean-Energy Justice

Activists have kicked off The Justice First campaign to spread messages of environmental, economic, racial and gender justice throughout the American south. Tour organizer and Solutions Project grantee Reverend Leo Woodberry, says the purpose of the tour is to highlight the “polluting power plants and factories… disproportionately located in minority and working-poor neighborhoods,” a problem especially rampant in the South.

Read more about the tour here.

 

Native Americans Fighting Fossil Fuels

As a historic number of indigenous people are running for public office this year, more and more indigenous voices are being heard in the fight against fossil fuels and in support of renewable energy. From the groundbreaking campaigns against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines to US Congressional candidate’s Deb Haaland advocacy for climate justice and indigenous rights in New Mexico, indigenous issues of energy transition and tribal sovereignty are emerging as a critical part of the American energy conversation.

To support bringing an indigenous perspective to funding and activism, check out Native Americans in Philanthropy.

 

Apple says it’s now powered by 100 percent renewable energy worldwide

On the heels of Google’s announcement last week that it met its renewable energy goals, Apple has announced it’s passed a major clean energy milestone. Although grid restrictions prevent the company from directly powering its many properties with 100% renewable energy, Apple has purchased Renewable Energy Certificates to offset their entire global energy consumption. Apple also invests in the construction of clean energy projects and contributes excess renewable energy generated onsite at places like its main campus to the local grid.

 

The company says it’s still working toward ensuring its global manufacturing, data, and retail locations are powered directly from renewable energy sources.

As big tech makes healthy changes, pollution still disproportionately affects low-income communities of color and recent immigrants. Learn more about how Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice works to change that.