March for Climate Justice
at the Clean Power Plan Public Hearing
Wednesday, December 16
4 p.m.Rally at Marshall Park and 5 p.m. March to the Mecklenburg County Government Center
“We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We MUST Do More!”
The Clean Power Plan represents a historic effort to address climate change by placing the first limits on carbon dioxide pollution from existing coal-fired power plants and speeding the transition to clean energy. Sadly, rather than move our state forward the McCrory administration prefers to use taxpayer money to pick a fight with the EPA, and put forward an inadequate plan that is designed to fail, resulting in wasted money and time that could be better spent on an honest effort to reduce carbon emissions in NC.
Why We are Marching
We know that a higher percentage of minority and low-income communities live near power plants when compared to the national averages. We know that a strong and just Clean Power Plan will ensure communities that have long borne the brunt of fossil fuel pollution–primarily minority, low-income, and indigenous communities–share in the public health and economic benefits expected from the shift to clean energy. The McCrory Administration has made it clear that they would rather listen to the small choir of fossil-fuel funded front groups and climate deniers, than listen to the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians that are demanding the opportunity to have a clean, and just, energy future.
The plan being proposed to the public is not sufficient to meet the carbon dioxide emissions reductions required by the EPA and the McCrory administration has not taken into consideration any input from stakeholders or vulnerable communities in drafting a plan for our state. Instead, they are putting forward a plan that is intended to fail so it can pursue a politically motivated lawsuit. Doing so is a waste of taxpayer money and is disrespectful to the public and the basic tenets of good governance. More needs to be done to protect our communities from the pollution of dirty power plants. It is incumbent on our state leaders to rise up to the major challenges we face and ensure those least responsible for climate change don’t suffer disproportionately from the impacts. If the McCrory Administration won’t listen to us — we will rise up and let our voices be heard!
We Can Do More, We Should Do More, We Must Do More!
What We Are Demanding from the McCrory Administration:
1. Provide transparent and meaningful engagement for minority populations, low-income populations, tribes, and indigenous peoples during the drafting of the state’s plan, as required by the EPA. Evaluate how the Clean Power Plan will impact low-income and minority communities.
2. Build upon our state’s booming clean energy sector to generate clean, renewable energy that will create jobs and investment in our communities.
3. Take advantage of energy efficiency as the least cost compliance option for reducing carbon pollution and, at the same time, help consumers reduce their energy consumption and power bills.
3. Participate in the EPA’s Clean Energy Incentive Program to earn credit for new renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. Energy efficiency programs in low-income communities earn double credit and should be prioritized.
4. Restrict coal and natural gas power plants that have potential to cause disproportionate pollution in low-income communities from buying allowances that enable them to continue polluting.
5. Support programs to help low-income communities gain access to renewable energy and energy efficiency, especially in affordable housing.
Bring signs, banners, instruments, songs, chants, and your friends! This event is a safe space for everyone and everyone is invited to join us as we demand action for climate justice.