Why Biden’s Climate Corps Needs to Prioritize Black Youth
The article discusses the need for President Joe Biden's American Climate Corps (ACC) to prioritize equity, especially for Black youth, drawing parallels with the historical flaws of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) from the 1930s. While the CCC created jobs and infrastructure improvements during the Great Depression, it had deep racial flaws, including discriminatory enrollment practices and segregation. The ACC, designed to train young Americans for climate-friendly jobs, is seen as an opportunity to rectify past injustices. Although the ACC has not yet implemented strict equity requirements, some early signs indicate consideration of climate justice. Activists emphasize the importance of deeply rooted equity to ensure the program benefits communities disproportionately affected by the climate crisis.