It’s often pointed out that the people most affected by climate change are those who are least able to cope. That’s true in all countries including the United States. A coalition of non-government organizations has issued a “platform” to make sure that climate-action policies are socially and environmentally just.

The organizations that have signed the platform point out that “past failures include the perpetuation of systemic inequalities that have left communities of color, tribal communities, and low-income communities exposed to the highest levels of toxic pollution and the most burdened and affected by climate change. The defining environmental crisis of our time now demands an urgency to act. Yet this urgency must not displace or abandon the fundamental principles of democracy and justice.”

You’ll find the platform here.