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RELEASE: SOUTHERN COMMUNITIES FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 10, 2021

Media contact: Carina Daniels, carina@storyandreach.com, 510-847-1617

In the wake of the South’s fatal winter storm, over 160 organizations endorse Southern Communities for a Green New Deal Platform


PLATFORM BUILDS ON THE GREEN NEW DEAL TO CENTER FRONTLINE COMMUNITIES IN THE SOUTH



FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. In the wake of the fatal winter storm that left millions in the South without power and water, more than 160 organizations have endorsed the new Southern Communities for a Green New Deal (SC4ND) policy platform. The platform, spearheaded by Southeast Climate & Energy Network, Dogwood Alliance, Kingdom Living Temple, the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, and GASP, builds on the Green New Deal to center and serve low-income communities and communities of color on the frontlines of the climate crisis in the South.


“This is a Green New Deal designed specifically for the American South,” said Alex Easdale, the executive director of the Southeast Climate & Energy Network. “We built consensus among frontline climate leaders, and used a bottom-up and community-based approach to developing our shared vision for how to achieve a safer, healthier, and more equitable future in the South.”


Over 100 leaders and advocates from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia worked for months to develop the Southern Communities for a Green New Deal platform. Now, the endorsing organizations will use the platform to shape climate and green jobs policies at all levels of government.


“From the fossil fuel industry to industrial agriculture and forestry, it’s time for a new vision for the Southern economy,” said Danna Smith, executive director of Dogwood Alliance. “This platform seeks to help lawmak