Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) released a new environmental justice plan this week as she continued her quest for her party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
The plan is “aimed at bolstering and protecting vulnerable communities on the front lines of the climate crisis,” CNN reports.
“Our crisis of environmental injustice is the result of decades of discrimination and environmental racism compounding in communities that have been overlooked for too long,” Warren wrote in a post on Medium. “Industrial pollution has been concentrated in low-income communities for decades—communities that the federal government has tacitly written off as so-called ‘sacrifice zones’. But it’s not just about poverty, it’s also about race.”
The release Wednesday “offers new insight into how she would use presidential powers to orchestrate what climate activists often call a ‘just transition’ toward a green energy economy,” CNN says. “While covering a broad range of policy issues, the post is primarily focused on what her administration would do to prioritize neighbourhoods, cities, and entire regions with heavy minority populations—many of them still suffering from the effects of racist policies like redlining, which often placed families of colour in harm’s way.”
Warren’s campaign “has frequently sought to weave in detailed proposals directed specifically at communities of colour,” CNN adds. Her Medium post states that “one-size-fits-all” solutions can “open up space for the exploitation of those minorities and the poor. Because of that, Warren argues, more narrowly targeted policies are required.”