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.
EJCC is a coalition of a diverse range of Environmental justice organizations from around the United States. Southwest Workers Union (SWU) based out of San Antonio, Texas is one of the founding members.
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