MEJC Virtual 2020 SUMMIT

Thank you for all your time, energy, commitment, support and everything you do to achieve environmental justice

Highlights

Special thanks to our funders

Thank you to our partners for supporting technology, staff, stipends, and healing justice throughout the Summit.

BEA-Initiative

 

Erb Family Foundation

 

Mosaic Fund

Heartland Fund

Third Wave Fund

 

Transforming Power Fund

 

Windward Fund

and all of you!

campaign action

Overcrowded prisons, increased energy bills, and toxic waste poisoning our water and air are just some examples of the profit-over-people driven failures in government and the corporate sectors of our economy. People have had enough, and demand transition to clean energy solutions,  better funded school systems, community centered models of public safety, access to quality health care as we battle COVID-19 and much more. The momentum for change is now, and it will take members of the community to lead the charge.

know your history

Celebrate EJ's 25 year anniversary!Understanding how to get involved and make change within the community around issues of EJ, also involves understanding the past and how it impacts today. This proposal seeks sessions related to the history of the movement for social justice, its contributors, and where things stand today. Intergenerational conversations are encouraged, to lift up the important work we carry on for our ancestors as we stand on the shoulders of giants.

healing & Culture

Right now, we’re in stressful times as we continue to deal with the onset of COVID-19 and economic collapse. The recent deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor among so many black people killed in police custody have led to historic marches all over the world. Systemic oppression is leaving many Michiganders in search of ways to cope. Sessions related to dealing with stress, grief and loss, in search for joy welcome exploring the cultural roots around Black Lives Matter and EJ Movements.

climate

solutions

Visionary solutions live within the minds and hearts of those who bear the highest burden of oppressive systems. Our communities survive using mutual aid, our communities are growing our own food, our communities are reimagining school and work, when there are no wages or way. Climate Justice is the vision for futures of survival and thriving communities free of toxics & terror to transforming our extractive economy to a regenerative economy.

Carbon Capture Policy Brief

EJ Communities around the country are fighting against carbon capture,  a false solution being advanced by corporate polluters. Learn more about what they are and their implications for the health of Michiganders.

 

Read the brief here.

Energy Burden Study

In partnership with the University of Michigan and We Want Green Too! MEJC is conducting a study to assess the impacts of high energy costs on Michigan families. 

 

In February we complete 680 surveys discussing energy costs, health, and housing in Michigan. Results of the survey and the findings are due to be released in May 2021.

Cumulative Impact (CI) Assessment for Michigan

Researchers at the University of Michigan Zeuner, Major, Grier, used public data to identify those communities most impacted by pollution around Michigan. Cumulative Impact is the most important policy to help reduce environmental disparities in climate and energy policy.

Part I: Assessing the State of Environmental Justice

Read the Full Report

Carbon Markets Policy Brief

EJ Communities around the country are fighting against Carbon Markets, a false solution being advanced by corporate polluters. Learn more about what they are and their implications for the health of Michiganders.

 

Read the brief here.

Health Impact Assessment

MEJC and University of Michigan researchers partner to tell how dirty energy impacts the lives of Detroit residents through the HIA of the DTE Energy's 15-yr energy plan.

Thanks to grassroots advocacy, in September of 2020, Governor Whitmer issued the Executive Directive 2020-10, ordering the MI Public Service Commission to consider health in energy decision making.

CI Part II: Tools for the 21st Century

Reviewing states that have implemented cumulative impact, and hurdles to those policies can be found in Tools for the 21st Century- Part II to the Michigan Cumulative Impact Study assessing institutional barriers to environmental justice.

Part II: Environmental Justice Tools for the 21st Century 

Read the Full Report

See the Learn Gala

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