Boston City Council’s Big Step for Justice: BERDO 2.0

This week, the Boston City Council unanimously passed a new ordinance that we’ve been fighting hard for: the Building Emissions Reduction and Disclosure Ordinance, or BERDO 2.0. It targets Boston’s biggest buildings — a few thousand buildings that account for 60% of carbon pollution — and sets aggressive standards for reduction.

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Our Fight Changes Under President Biden, but It’s Still a Fight

Joe Biden: You can't build back better with Fossil Fuels

I breathed a small sigh of relief when I saw Joe Biden officially sworn in — and I’m excited to see Kamala Harris breaking down barriers as the first woman, Black person, and Asian-American as Vice President. It’s important that President Trump’s fascist attempt ended in failure.

But I want us to be honest about what this new president means: our fight for environmental justice has changed, but it’s definitely still a fight.

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MLK’s Legacy for Environmental Justice

Image in black-and-white relief of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This weekend, like many of you, I’ve been reflecting on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ACE likely wouldn’t exist or at least wouldn’t look the same if it weren’t for Dr. King and the other civil rights leaders who understood that environmental justice is inherently intertwined with civil rights. The birth of the Environmental Justice (EJ) movement was a direct response to environmental racism and was heavily influenced by the Civil Rights Movement.

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Racism is a Chronic Illness

Right now, our entire ACE community is grieving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and so many others who have been oppressed and killed by racism and racist systems. We stand with our youth, our elders and everyone in between who is rising up to demand justice.

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