Climate change negatively affects us all, but our communities of color and low-income residents are most severely impacted and are often not part of designing solutions. Land planning disparities, proximity to pollution, and limited financial resources are common contributors to this imbalance. Princeton’s Climate Action Plan was designed to promote equity while achieving climate action.
On March 10, five experienced speakers joined us to share what we can do to ensure an environmentally just approach: Crystal Pruitt, Deputy Director for Clean Energy Equity of the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities; Mayu Takeuchi, a member of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative who is working with the New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance’s Curriculum Committee; Frida Ruiz, a member of the Princeton Student Climate Initiative and founder of a local environmental education initiative called The Green Cause; Linda Oppenheim, a member of Not In Our Town Princeton and a participant in Princeton’s Civil Rights Commission’s Task Force; and Jean Durbin, member of the Civil Rights Commission. Christine Symington, Program Director at Sustainable Princeton, and Kim Dorman of the Princeton Public Library moderated the event.
The recording of the event is available below. Select slides from the event are also available.