BY YVETTE ARELLANO · AUGUST 31, 2017
Donate to the t.e.j.a.s. Harvey Fund Click Here > As we witness what the National Hurricane Center is now calling the biggest rainstorm on record unfolding along the Gulf Coast of our United States, the unprecedented flooding in Houston leaves more than 6,000 people in need of shelter and still many more stranded and waiting for rescue.
The Climate Justice Alliance asks that you donate to alliance member Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services (t.e.j.a.s.), the oldest environmental justice organization in Houston. You can make a donation that is significant to you to the t.e.j.a.s. Harvey Fund (#tejasharveyfund) here on this webpage.
“Harvey is demonstrating once again the overlapping, historical neglect of environmental justice and climate justice communities in the face of emergency. The struggle ahead in TEXAS, the Gulf, and across the nation is beyond lowering greenhouse emissions. It is a fight for justice, for dignity, for a future for our children that won’t be washed away in the next storm. It is clear that whatever we are doing now to address this is failing miserably. We need to support frontline communities to directly lead that struggle to a more resilient, regenerative future,” Climate Justice Alliance Executive Director Angela Adrar. t.e.j.a.s. has worked directly with frontline and grassroots communities addressing air and chemical pollution for decades in Houston and across the Gulf Coast. They have been on the ground in the communities that have been most affected by the catastrophic aftermath of Houston’s floods and three known chemical spills thus far.
“One of the most dangerous unaddressed issues is chemicals present in floodwater. Our focus will be low-income areas that sit on the fence-line of refineries, chemical storage facilities and industrial zones. These are homes that are at the highest risk of toxic waters. Our efforts will focus on cleanup efforts in these frontline communities,” t.e.j.a.s. Executive Director Juan Parras. We are seeing the consequences of climate change denial and the imperative need for an equitable just transition from the current extractive economy. We ask that you support this just transition by donating to the t.e.j.a.s. Harvey Fund (#tejasharveyfund) to support a group that has historically worked in the most affected frontline, grassroots communities. Thank you to the Climate Justice Alliance for all of your assistance