Climate Justice Alliance
The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is a collaborative of more than 35 community-based and movement support organizations uniting frontline communities to forge a scalable and socio-economically just transition away from an extractive economy towards local living economies to address the root causes of climate change. CJA is rooted in Indigenous, African American, Latino, Asian Pacific Islander, and working-class white communities throughout the US. CJA seeks to strengthen relationships between community-based organizations, environmentalists, labor unions, food sovereignty/sustainable agriculture groups, and other sectors of society.
CJA's Our Power Campaign seeks to move local and state governments to create millions of climate jobs, thereby addressing the root causes of the climate crisis while supporting livelihoods for a majority of the 17 million unemployed people in the US. In order to build stronger, resilient, and more equitable communities, CJA focuses on grassroots economies and ensuring rights to land, water, and food sovereignty. The Our Power Campaign's model for a “local living economy” centers on:
- Zero Waste
- Regional Food Systems
- Public Transportation
- Clean Community Energy
- Efficient, Affordable, and Durable Housing
- Ecosystem Restoration and Stewardship
The first phase of the Our Power Campaign involves supporting and highlighting a dozen Pilot “Our Power Communities,” examples of which include San Antonio (TX), Jackson (MS), Eastern Kentucky (KY), Black Mesa (AZ), Detroit (MI), and Richmond (CA).