November 8, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:00pm ET

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South Carolina State University | Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium

2019 Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice

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.

Candidates Who Attended


Organizational partners

  • National Black Caucus of State Legislators
  • Regenesis

Supporting organizational partners

  • 17 for Peace and Justice
  • New Alpha Community Development Corporation
  • Black Millennials for Flint
  • Black Voters Matter
  • Conservation Voters of South Carolina
  • Children’s Environmental Health Network
  • Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
  • Community In-Power and Development Association
  • Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
  • Green Door Initiative
  • Lowcountry Alliance for Model Communities
  • Moms Clean Air Force
  • National Asian-Pacific American Caucus of State Legislators
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • National Caucus of Native American State Legislators
  • National Children’s Campaign
  • National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
  • National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Partnership for Southern Equity
  • Pee Dee Indian Tribe of South Carolina
  • South Carolina State University
  • South Carolina Wildlife Federation

media partners

  • Democracy Now
  • Free Speech TV
  • Gizmodo
  • Grist
  • National Newspaper Publishers Association
  • Real News Network
  • The Root

Technology Partner

  • Alley

The Issue

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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