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HBCU students, faculty press urgent need for climate action

Beverly Wright, a conference co-founder and member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, listens to a presentation at the HBCU Climate Change Conference in New Orleans, Friday, April 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Drew Costley)
Posted at 11:41 AM, Apr 16, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-16 12:41:13-04

New Orleans (AP) — Both joy and frustration are in the air in New Orleans at the HBCU Climate Change Conference this week as environmental and climate advocates and researchers from around the United States press for urgent climate action and pollution cleanup in poor communities and communities of color.

The conference, which goes through Saturday, has featured top officials and key advisors in the Biden administration, environmental and climate justice advocates from around the southeastern United States and faculty and students from the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities sharing their research.

It was the conference’s eighth convening and the first since 2019, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since then people concerned with climate and environmental justice have moved into positions of power in the Biden administration, which created the first ever White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council and made strong pledges to clean up pollution and take climate action in disadvantaged communities. The Bezos Earth Fund and other new philanthropy is channeling money to environmental and climate justice groups.

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