We mourn George Floyd and other victims of racial injustice and police violence. We stand in solidarity with the people of color in Durham and around the world who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
The environmental justice movement we seek to build recognizes the inherent interconnectedness of social justice and environmental sustainability and advocates alongside those most directly affected by injustice.
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We are a coalition of neighbors, community advocates, and nonprofit organizations, coming together to reimagine a greener and more sustainable Durham. Please take a few minutes to tell us your priorities and vision.
Thank you for filling out this survey (available in English and Spanish) and sharing it with your networks. The survey will remain live until June 30, 2020. We will share the results and work from them to help create a path forward for our community, together.
Climate change is a global crisis, but it will have local effects, especially on our most vulnerable residents. Durham can lead the way in responding to the climate crisis and develop equitable solutions through the policy areas described here.
Read more about the Green New Deal and local versions of the Green New Deal.
Durham can lead the way in environmental sustainability and justice in the Southeast and we can also learn from the work and the inspiration of others.
At the Federal level, the Green New Deal consists of a high-level resolution, followed by more specific plans in particular areas.
Durham's City and County governments have existing programs and goals for environmental sustainability.
Some local officials and candidates for local office have signed pledges or answered questionnaires about climate change and policy responses.
Durham is already feeling the impacts of climate change and those effects will worsen, especially for our most vulnerable residents.
A broad and ambitious policy will only be achieved with the input and support of a broad range of individuals, organizations and local governments. This is not intended as a single, final statement from a particular perspective, but a portfolio that represents the goals of Durham as a whole.
Input, recommendations, additional information and statements of support are welcome from elected officials, candidates for office and engaged residents of Durham. Local organizations will bring the community together to discuss and realize these plans. If you'd like to add your name here or find out more, feel welcome to join in!
Sign here with your name and email address to indicate your support for a Green New Deal for Durham. You're also welcome to subscribe to keep up with developments on a Green New Deal for Durham without signing on.
You can also provide feedback or ask questions via email.
Locally-based community organizations should bring Durhamites together to discuss a Green New Deal for Durham and turn these priorities into more detailed plans. We are reaching out to organizations and individuals around Durham — using lots of email and coffee.
If your community organization would like to contribute to planning and realization of this project, please reach out. We had a first meeting on March 9th, but now we're looking at socially-distanced ways to meet: phone calls and videoconferences.