Apr 30, 2020
A Terrible Price Members of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club before a funeral procession in New Orleans. Eight weeks after Mardi Gras, eight club members had died of Covid-19. Learn more.
Apr 8, 2020
A new national study shows that exposure to toxic air pollution increases the number of deaths and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. "African Americans are more likely to be exposed to air pollution, and more likely to suffer from underlying health conditions that worsen the outcomes of the coronavirus," said Dr. Wright, Executive Director and Founder of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. Read the article....
Mar 24, 2020
The National Institutes of Health launched a new website with important educational resources for Coronavirus workers dealing with the spread of COVID-19. The initiative got underway after Congress passed a supplemental appropriation of $10 million on March 6 “for worker-based training to prevent and reduce exposure of hospital employees, emergency first responders, and other workers who are at risk of exposure to coronavirus through their work duties.” The law provided a total of $8.3 billion in emergency funding for certain Federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Read more ...
Feb 10, 2020
The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform The Equitable & Just National Climate Platform co-authors released a new video to showcase the platform’s priorities and how we can move towards a just climate future! "We are calling for national climate solutions that are designed and examined through an equity lens.” - Dr. Beverly Wright on the Equitable & Just National Climate Platform. #JustClimateFuture @DSCEJ ...
Feb 7, 2020
The Father of Environmental Justice (2020 | Race to Save the Planet: Environmental Justice)
Jan 9, 2020
Join us in our fight for an energy future that is equitable, renewable, and sustainable! Click to view Press Release What will be the energy future of New Orleans? The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice answers this question every day by fighting back against the injustice of Entergy’s polluting and costly gas-fired power plant near predominantly African American and Vietnamese American neighborhoods. We have been in homes, community centers and churches raising awareness of the scientific facts about the gas plant: more than 1 million pounds of toxic air pollution, including particulate matter that can cause severe lung and heart damage, more than 700 million pounds of greenhouse gases that would worsen the climate crisis, and groundwater withdrawals, which create the risks of accelerated land subsidence and impairment of flood control structure. We are now in court. Our coalition of community-based organizations and environmental groups won a court judgment that threw out the New Orleans City Council’s approval of the Entergy gas plant application for violations of the Louisiana Open Meetings Law. The case involves the national scandal of Entergy using paid actors to pose as concerned residents and show sham support of the gas plant. There is undisputed evidence that the City Council’s approval was unfairly biased in favor of Entergy’s gas plant and disregarded renewable energy alternatives. The City Council and Entergy have teamed up to appeal the court judgment. Our fight is not over! Join us in our fight for an energy future that is equitable, renewable, and sustainable. We are asking you to support us by making a donation so we can continue to fight. ...
Dec 9, 2019
Climate Change Solutions: The Imperative Call to Action Dr. Beverly Wright, founding executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ) and Dr. Robert D. Bullard, distinguished professor, Texas Southern University co-convened the 7th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans, November 13-16, 2019. This year’s conference theme, “Climate Change Solutions: The Imperative to Action,” was especially relevant given the severity of environmental and climate challenges facing the people and places in the vulnerable U.S. Gulf Coast and Southeast region where the vast majority of HBCUs are located. Over three hundred youth, students, faculty, staff, faith, environmental and climate justice leaders from twenty-one Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), nine predominately white institutions (PWIs), and a representatives from five HBCU Gulf Coast Partner Communities (New Orleans, LA, Houston, TX, Gulfport, MS, Mobile, AL, and Pensacola, FL) gathered in New Orleans to participate in discussions about building just, fair and equitable climate solutions to the crisis facing frontline communities. Each year student attendees have an opportunity to present their research as well as interact with community members experiencing environmental exposure and negative impacts of climate change. Click here for more....
Sep 30, 2019
Climate Action Equity Report. For more than 25 years, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice has provided research and education that builds the capacities of African American communities who are disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards and the climate crisis to engage in policy and system change. We provide specialized skills training for men and women to become certified experts on environmental, health and safety and start new careers with an 85 percent job placement rate. We also provide opportunities for HBCU students to increase their knowledge and contribute to climate change research and solutions. One of these opportunities, I’d like briefly announce, is the upcoming 7th Annual HBCU Climate Change Conference that is hosted by the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and will take place at the New Orleans Marriott, November 13th through 16th. When staff from the City of New Orleans and the Greater New Orleans Foundation asked the Center to partner with them in a project that ties together action to achieve equity with action on climate change I said, "You can count on us!" The Climate Action Equity Project has been a rewarding partnership. The Center built the engine for the project, which is a collaboration that brings together community leaders working to achieve equity and local residents with expertise in areas relevant to climate action. The Center reached out to community-based organizations in each council district to nominate people to serve on the Advisory Group. The organizations nominated incredible community leaders who they know to be responsible and committed to improving our city. Also serving on the Advisory Group are local residents, who are innovating their diverse fields of expertise in energy, transportation, waste reduction, as well as workforce and entrepreneurial development. Since March 2018, the Center facilitated the work of the Advisory Group to identify the inequities people face in our city every day and develop steps for overcoming them that also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to the climate crisis. In October 2018, we held seven community forums to introduce more residents to the concept of equitable climate action and received their recommendations. Today, the Advisory Group, the City of New Orleans, Greater New Orleans Foundation, and the Center offer something of vital importance to our city, which is entitled Taking Steps Together on Equity & Climate Change: A Report by and for New Orleanians. In this report, which is co-authored by the Center, we present the treasure trove of recommendations developed by the Advisory Group and provided by residents at the community forums. These recommendations are not pie-in-the-sky. They are practical and actionable for addressing the needs we have in our neighborhoods for achieving equity and in our city for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Each recommendation requires partnerships and collaborations with key stakeholders across the city. In short, achieving equity and taking responsible action on climate change require all of us to work together. When you think of climate change you may not think of a community-based organization or a job developer as having solutions. But, they do. In fact, we all do. Take for example, the inequities we have in the city with low-income households struggling to pay electric bills that are the second highest energy cost burden in the nation, as well as significant unemployment and underemployment among African Americans. In the report, we provide recommendations from community-based organizations and job developers to bring bills down and grow jobs and small businesses through policies and initiatives that expand home weatherization and energy efficiency programs as well as invest in community solar projects in neighborhoods where both renters and homeowners can benefit. Click on the link to view the report and think of at least one step you can take for equitable climate action in New Orleans. Climate Action Equity Report....
Sep 27, 2019
Students Raising Awareness about Sea Level Rise and Flooding Along the Gulf Coast For over twenty-seven years, the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice has been instrumental in engaging high school and college students in environmental justice and climate change training and advocacy. The Bezos Family Foundation and Students Rebuild funded the... Click here for more.
Sep 25, 2019
Voiceless Documentary - Dedicated to the Pensacola, FL communities of Wedgewood, Rolling Hills, and Olive Heights.