“Standard responses to disasters leave behind more pollution, more debt, less democracy, and a weaker infrastructure. In contrast, a Just Recovery would reduce pollution, reduce debt, challenge systemic racism, deepen democracy, and leave behind a sturdier, more resilient public sphere.” Naomi Klein, international best-selling author and award-winning journalist.
The Climate Justice Alliance and Allies are sounding the sirens for A National Call to Action launching Wednesday, October 11th. We are asking for a Pueblo to Pueblo recovery, the people will lead where the government has been inefficient.
“Wall Street’s business-as-usual approach to relief and recovery has led to land-grabs and riches off the misfortune of vulnerable communities. If we act with a clear vision for a Just Recovery, Puerto Rico can serve as a model for areas suffering the same climate injustice. Our representatives need to hear from us directly while on the Hill and back in their districts; we will not stop calling our reps until they include a Just Recovery in the federal aid package. ”Angela Adrar, Executive Director of CJA
Background: On September 20th, Hurricane Maria, a powerful Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph winds, struck Puerto Rico full force only days after the Irma storm. Two weeks later, Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million residents are still suffering intensely in what has quickly become a major humanitarian and environmental justice disaster. A systemic change in relief and response is needed, as well as an engineering vision for sustainable infrastructure that can withstand category 5+ storms predicted by scientists to become more commonplace as a consequence of the changing climate.
***Just Recovery is a visionary framework promoted by the environmental justice and labor communities to transition and secure regenerative economies that can create jobs, protect the environment, and lead to resilient communities.
Who: Climate Justice Alliance, Alliance Partners and Allies
What: Our Power Puerto Rico for a Just Recovery and Resilient Rebuild National Call to Action
When: Wednesday, October 11th National Call to Action
Where: DC Congressional Visits and Nationwide
For more Information visit http://www.ourpowercampaign.org/puerto_rico
October 11th National Call to Action Event Page on Facebook