Baltimore, MD – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took a major step backward in the fight against climate change and climate justice as it ruled to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to protect our nation from harmful carbon pollution. CASA Executive Director Gustavo Torres issued the following statement in response.
“This decision protects the very few who financially benefit from carbon emission: corporate polluters. We absolutely cannot keep building up and fortifying the structures that displace and destroy communities of color. We now must look to Congress to correct this decision, a decision that will only serve to exacerbate existing conditions for working families and families of color, whose lives are too often torn asunder by greenhouse gas emissions. Until then, we call on CASA’s home states of Georgia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia to step up for low-income people of color and take action against climate change at a state level.
“We need an immediate transition to renewable and affordable energy systems that will reduce greenhouse gases that cause climate change as well as solutions that increase resiliency for those impacted the most.”
With over 122,000 lifetime Latino, immigrant, and working-class members across 46 US states, CASA is the foremost immigrant organization in the mid-Atlantic region and a national leader in supporting immigrant families and ensuring that all individuals have the core support necessary for full participation in society. Now a national immigrant powerhouse, CASA creates change with its powerbuilding model blending human services, community organizing, and advocacy in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of members. Visit us at www.wearecasa.org and follow us on Twitter at @CASAforall