WWF Statement on The A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act

Today, The A. Donald McEachin Environmental Justice for All Act was reintroduced in Congress. Led by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), alongside Rep. Lee (D-Cali.) and Senators Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Booker (D-N.J.), the legislation is the product of deep consultation with environmental justice communities and would increase investment in these communities and give them greater legal protections and a stronger voice in development decisions while holding polluters accountable for actions that have a discriminatory impact.

In response, WWF issued the following statement from Alejandro Pérez, senior vice president, policy and government affairs:

“For too long, low-income communities, communities of color, and Native Nations have been forced to bear the brunt of pollution and environmental degradation. This legislation would help to ensure that pollution and discrimination no longer go hand in hand. It would also drive proactive investments to improve health, safety, and sustainable economic opportunities in historically disadvantaged communities. We call on Congress to advance this bill and other efforts to address environmental justice and ensure that both people and nature can thrive.”