On April 21st, President Biden signed a new Executive Order, Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, that addresses the federal government’s commitment to focusing on historical environmental injustices.
This executive order officially launched the White House’s Campaign for Environmental Justice. The campaign, which kicked off at the launch of the 21st Urban Waters Federal Partnership in Raleigh, North Carolina, will redouble the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to meet people where they are and better focus agency resources and attention on the needs of marginalized and overburdened communities.
The new Executive Order, Revitalizing Our Nation’s Commitment to Environmental Justice for All, will:
- Deepen the Biden-Harris Administration’s whole-of-government commitment to environmental justice.
- Better protect overburdened communities from pollution and environmental harms.
- Strengthen engagement with communities and mobilize federal agencies to confront existing and legacy barriers and injustices.
- Promote the latest science, data, and research, including on cumulative impacts.
- Expand interagency coordination and launch a new Office of Environmental Justice within the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
- Increase accountability and transparency in federal environmental justice policy.
- Honor and build on the foundation of ongoing environmental justice work.
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