The Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative was founded in 2001 shortly after thousands of people from around the world gathered in The Hague, Germany for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 6th Conference of the Parties (COP6). During COP6, civil society groups coordinated the first Climate Justice summit as an official alternative forum to the COP6. Grassroots leaders shared stories of the impact of Climate Change and offered community based solutions for adaptation and mitigation. Several conference participants from the United States were inspired by the emerging global call for Climate Justice and saw the real need to develop a domestic counterpart. In April 2001, these participants founded The Environmental Justice Climate Change Initiative as a project of Redefining Progress, a California based Environmental Policy organization. Over the past ten years the EJCC has emerged as a lead United States voice for justice and equity in domestic and international Climate Change conversations.
In October of 1991 the Principles of Environmental Justice were created at the first multinational People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit.
Twenty-one years later, EJCC Frontline Leadership fellow, Stephawn Spears reminds the world of the principles and why we all should care about Environmental Justice. Take a look at the video above.