November 8, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:00pm ET
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South Carolina State University | Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium
Moving Vulnerable Communities from Surviving to Thriving
On November 8, 2019, the first-ever Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice was held at South Carolina State University. The nonpartisan event gave candidates an opportunity to share their visions and policies for an equitable future.
Hosted by leaders from frontline and tribal communities — including civil rights, youth, and environmental organizations — the forum offered voters an opportunity to learn how presidential hopefuls intend to manage the impacts of climate change on underserved, vulnerable communities. Learn more about the forum and the organizations hosting it by reading the press release.
Entrepreneur & activist
Former United States Representative (D-MD)
Former United States Representative (D-PA)
Why environmental justice?
Pollution and climate change negatively affect health and quality of life, but they don’t impact all people or communities equally. Across the United States, vulnerable and marginalized communities — mostly people of color and low-income communities — are disproportionately impacted by or exposed to pollution and the effects of climate change. Environmental justice will be realized when everyone — regardless of race, ethnicity, or wealth and income bracket — has a healthy environment that puts them on equal footing to pursue life, liberty, and happiness. Read NBCSL’s platform for more details.
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