Environmental Justice Committee


We are at a turning point in our country, where Blacks/African Americans must participate in shaping the narrative of the future we want to see. One that incorporates us, not as an afterthought, but driven by our thoughts. We represent and work deeply in a community that faces tremendous environmental harms. Those harms include disparate health impacts from poor air quality that results from diesel, woodsmoke and industrial pollution, vulnerability to increases in temperature due to climate change, and reduced access to green spaces. These environmental impacts are exacerbated by racial disparities in wealth, employment, access to healthcare, education, and access to affordable housing.

We organize and activate the Black community on relevant environmental and climate issues, building on the Afro-Ecology Movement Framework currently under development.

We educate the Black community members around environmental and climate justice issues, meaningfully influence policies that directly impact the black community, from diesel air emissions to GHG pricing policies.

We build towards a movement addressing root causes of both environmental degradation and racism.

We hope to sustain the vision of a thriving and connected, resilient black community. (PAALF People’s Plan, Environmental Justice Section, 2017)


Co-Chairs: Sam Baraso and Nakisha Nathan
Meets: Monthly on the third Friday, 12:00p-1:30p
Location: PAALF Gordly-Burch House
Contact: EnvironmentalJustice@paalf.org