The South is unique for its biodiversity, culture of resiliency, and incredible diversity. It has long been the home of the most destructive extractive industries and the dumping ground for waste. Our region has a unique need for sustainable development due to its systemic underinvestment, over-extraction, and poor infrastructure.

 

Very little has been done to ensure a just transition from extractive and polluting industries. As we transition to a regenerative land-based economy rooted in justice and equity, those communities with a legacy of pollution and ecological destruction must not be left behind. Southern communities living on the fenceline and frontlines of environmental injustice and the climate crisis must be included in Green New Deal policies.

What do we want? 

Climate Justice

Make climate justice a mainstream issue in the South.

Shift POwer

Shift more power and ownership to frontline communities.

Climate Policy

Drive bold climate action at the local, federal, and national levels.

Infrastructure

Leverage existing infrastructure within SCEN and leading partner anchor organizations to advance our collective vision.

Our Vision

Southern Communities for a Green New Deal is a vision for a just, equitable, clean, healthy, and thriving South. Its demands take into account the unique realities of the South. This platform is the product of a bottom-up, community-based approach to building alignment around shared vision, values, and goals in a way that prioritizes the lived experiences of Southern frontline communities as opposed to the traditional top-down or corporate approach to problem-solving and decision making.

Who are we?

In 2020, the Southeast Climate and Energy Network (SCEN) along with the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP), Kingdom Living Temple, and Dogwood Alliance spearheaded the project, Southern Communities for a Green New Deal (SCGND).

Endorsing Organizations

  • 100% Athens Renewable Energy Initiative
  • 198 Methods

  • 350 South Florida

  • 350 Triangle

  • Alabama Interfaith Power and Light

  • Alliance for Affordable Energy

  • Amplify Christan Church DOC

  • Arm in Arm

  • Auburn for Clean Air

  • Ayika Solutions, Inc

  • Beloved Community Church, UCC

  • Bethel AME Church

  • Bethel AME Church - Ensley

  • BiznessSavvyChic

  • Black Lives Matter Birmingham

  • Black Voters Matter Fund

  • Black Warrior Riverkeeper

  • Care About Climate

  • Catalyst Miami

  • Catalyst Miami and Coral Springs Commissioner

  • Center for Common Ground

  • Center for Sustainable Communities

  • Center for Sustainable Economy

  • Chapel Hill Organization for Clean Energy

  • Charleston DSA Ecosocialist Working Group

  • Charlotte SEAP

  • Citizens for a Healthy and Safe Environment (CHASE)

  • Clean, Healthy, Educated, Safe & Sustainable Inc.

  • Coalition Against Death Alley

  • Coastal Plain Conservation Group

  • Collective Power

  • Concern Citizens of North Carolina

  • Concerned Citizen of Georgia

  • Concerned Citizens of Richmond County

  • Concerned Citizens of South Dekalb

  • Concerned Citizens of St. John

  • Creation Care Collective

  • Creation Justice Network/ United Church of Christ/ Southern Conference

  • Cumberland Green Bioregional Council

  • DisruptTransform, LLC

  • Dogwood Alliance

  • Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition

  • Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust

  • Earth Action, Inc.

  • Earth, Spirit, Action

  • EcoRobenson

  • EEECHO

  • Elders Climate Action

  • Environmental Act Club

  • Environmental Community Action

  • Exposure Labs

  • FGB Ministries, LLC

  • First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans

  • Florida Student Power Network

  • Forest Keeper

  • Forever Changed Ministries

  • GASP

  • Georgia Conservation Voters

  • Georgia Interfaith Power and Light

  • Georgia NAACP

  • Georgia WAND Education Fund

  • Good Solar USA

  • Greater New Orleans Interfaith Climate Coalition

  • Green Belt Movement International

  • Green New Deal Virginia Coalition

  • Green The Church

  • GreenFaith

  • Greenpeace USA

  • Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy

  • Gulf Coast Creation Care

  • Gullah/Geechee Nation

  • Harambee House Inc.

  • Have a Heart Association

  • Healthy Gulf

  • Hometown Action & Hometown Organizing Project

  • House of Mercy Everlasting

  • Indigenous Environmental Network

  • Indivisible Asheville WNC

  • Island Culture Z

  • JAPRI.Org

  • Jmpro Grassroots Media

  • John Muir Project

  • John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute

  • Justice and beyond

  • Kentucky Interfaith Power & Light

  • Kentucky Unitarian Universalist Justice Action Network

  • Kingdom Living Temple

  • Kinship With Haiti
  • Kirkwood United Church of Christ
  • Liberation Tools

  • Louisiana League of Conscious Voters

  • Love Beyond Walls

  • Memphis & Mid-South Regional Chapter of The Climate Reality Project

  • Memphis & Shelby County Lead Safe Collaborative Inc.

  • Metro New York Catholic Climate Movement

  • Miami Climate Alliance

  • Moms Clean Air Force.org

  • Mothers Out Front Asheville

  • MountainTrue

  • NAACP Charlotte-Mecklenburg Branch

  • Nashville Peace and Justice Center

  • Navassa Commissioner

  • NC Climate Justice Collective

  • North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

  • NC Poor People’s Organization-Ecological Devastation Committee

  • NC WARN

  • New Hope Collaborative

  • No Waste Louisiana

  • North American Climate, Conservation and Environment

  • Nuclear Information and Resource Service

  • Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation, Sisters of Charity of New York

  • Organic Growers School

  • Organized Uplifting Resources & Strategies

  • Partnership for Policy Integrity

  • Partnership for Southern Equity

  • Pathways to Parks

  • People's Justice Council

  • Rachel Carson Council

  • Reject Raytheon AVL

  • River Guardian Foundation

  • Rosedale Neighborhood Association

  • Sandhills Cooperation Association

  • Shakeila.com

  • Soil & Souls

  • Sol Nation

  • South Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

  • Southeast Climate & Energy Network

  • Southeast Faith Leaders Network

  • Southern Echo Inc.

  • Southern Vision Alliance

  • St. William Catholic Church

  • Sunrise El Paso

  • Sunrise Movement of NC

  • Sustainable CSRA

  • Sustaining Way

  • Team for the Seventh Principle, First Unitarian Church of Louisville, KY

  • Tennessee Alliance for Progress

  • The Christian Action group of St. Paul United Methodist Church

  • The Enviro Show

  • The Grove CDC, Inc.

  • The Lilies Project

  • The United Church of Christ Ministry for Environmental Justice

  • The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund

  • ToddlerTalk

  • Triangle branch of Womens' International League for Peace and Freedom

  • Tuesdays with Tillis Indivisible

  • U2U

  • Ubuntu Community Development Project

  • Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

  • Urban Climate Nexus

  • UU Church of Birmingham

  • Vanderbilt University

  • Village Moguls

  • Voters Legal Justice Watch Group

  • Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt University Divinity School

  • West Mitchell Street CME Church

  • WILPF

  • Wisconsin Green Muslims

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