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The following blog is a part of our American Climate Leadership Award 2021 Series

United Church of Christ and the People’s Justice Council, American Climate Leadership Awards 2021 Finalist

United Church of Christ (UCC) and the People’s Justice Council (PJC) are among 10 American Climate Leadership Award finalists to be recognized at the American Climate Leadership Summit 2021 (ACLS 2021) on April 27 during the live broadcast.

Over the past few years, the UCC and the PJC have worked together to lay the foundation for increased organizing to advance climate justice legislation. They began by developing effective communication tools with a monthly webinar, a newsletter, a published handbook for churches, and a nationally recognized report on toxic air pollution that was accompanied by an advocacy toolkit. These tools along with the development of a coordinated UCC climate justice network and a green church certification program have led them to a stage where they now have the capacity to organize nationwide for federal climate and environmental justice legislation.

The Environmental Justice Ministry of the UCC is rooted in the birth of the environmental justice movement itself when frontline UCC leaders addressed environmental racism in the 1980s. This heritage informs and inspires a particular model of partnership. Through the joint work of a black-led local organization, PCJ, and a predominantly white national organization, UCC, frontline communities are centered in the pursuit of justice in a way that embodies the values of inclusion and equity.

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