Below are a selection of statewide and regional climate/environmental justice organizations based in California. While not an exhaustive list, these are some of the communities and organizers we follow in shaping our advocacy, witness, and education ministries in creating accountable & intersectional climate justice.
California Environmental Justice Alliance
The California Environmental Justice Alliance is a statewide, community-led alliance that works to achieve environmental justice by advancing policy solutions. CEJA brings together local organizers from communities most impacted by environmental hazards – low-income communities and communities of color – to create comprehensive opportunities for change at a statewide level. By building the power of communities across California to create policies, CEJA is growing the statewide movement for environmental health and social justice, representing residents in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley, Los Angeles, Inland Valley and San Diego/Tijuana areas. Learn more about CEJA, their work, and their local member/partner organizations to join their movement in your region.
California Interfaith Power & Light
The mission of California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) is “to be faithful stewards of Creation by responding to global warming through the promotion of energy conservation, energy efficiency and renewable energy.” CIPL does this work not only by supporting California faith communities/congregations in making changes to their operations and infrastructure, but also through public policy advocacy campaigns at the national and state level. Learn more about CIPL and find ways to connect your congregation to their resources here.
Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice
The Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) is a progressive, base-building, non-profit organization bringing communities together to find opportunities for cooperation, agreement and problem solving in improving their social and natural environment. Using the lens of environmental health to achieve social change, they work within communities to develop and sustain democratically based, participatory decision-making that promotes involvement of a diverse segment of the community in ways that empower the community. Through policy advocacy, civic engagement, and community organizing, CCAEJ works within local, statewide, and national coalitions to build community power and create lasting change. Learn more about CCAEJ’s work in California, and their collaborations with local organizers in the Inland Empire.
Communities for a Better Environment
Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) works to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income communities to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution, and by building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments. Their efforts include providing residents in blighted and heavily polluted urban communities in California with organizing skills, leadership training and legal, scientific and technical assistance, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being. You can learn more about CBE’s mission and work in general, as well as their specific campaigns in Northern California (including ending the existence of oil refinery’s in the Bay Area), and their campaigns in Southern California (such as their participation in STAND-LA, which seeks to end neighborhood drilling in LA).
Environmental Health Coalition
Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) works for environmental justice in the San Diego/Tijuana region and throughout California. Since its founding in 1980, EHC has worked to reduce pollution and improve health and well-being for thousands of people in underserved, low-income communities. Among their primary goals is the elimination of social and environmental injustice, the elimination of environmental and public health degradation caused by toxic pollution, pollution prevention, protection of the integrity of our ecosystem, corporate accountability, and community empowerment through base building and collaborations at the national, state, and local levels. Learn more about EHC’s specific campaigns in the San Diego and Tijuana regions, as well as their work as part of CEJA (see above).