Climate change is an empirical fact. It poses a threat to human rights and exacerbates economic inequality. It has even been classified as a “threat multiplier” by the United States military. Aspects of this issue reach into nearly every policy issue we work on: the economy, foreign policy, health care and democracy. Climate change’s far-reaching and urgent nature provides the impetus from which we Roosevelt engages in the energy and environmental space.
We need a new generation of scientists, engineers, policymakers, and thinkers to develop the solutions that will deliver clean energy, preserve biodiversity, provide clean water, and ultimately protect the earth and humanity.
How we define the scope of energy and environmental issues is an economic and moral question: The future of the energy sector has the potential to transform our economy, yet also risks leaving behind low-income communities as the frontline victims of climate change. The people most affected by environmental concerns are the often the least likely to be at the table. Through all of these issues, then, runs the thread of environmental justice — we must seek to address these problems while paying attention to equity and inclusion. Continued contaminated water in Flint, Michigan and other issues illustrate that the worst of environmental impacts have historically fallen on economic and racial minorities. These groups remain the most vulnerable to ongoing and future threats, and we should seek to alleviate this outsized harm wherever possible.
We believe in:
- Supporting a system of global governance that takes on the mandate of solving for climate change
- Investing in renewable energies as a smart economic and moral choice
- Prioritizing solutions and actions that protect vulnerable frontline communities.
Some key organizations engaged in the fight include the Power Shift Network, NextGen Climate, SustainUS, Green for All, New Economy Coalition, and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions. Get started with some reading on climate justice, the environmental movement, or the carbon casualties, and stay up to date with news in the field here.
Below, we outline Roosevelt’s core environmental issues and policy projects: