Environmental Justice

Environmental Justice

Join the fight for Environmental Justice in our communities!

Environmental Justice is the right to a decent, safe quality of life for people of all races, incomes and cultures in the environments where we live, work, play, learn and pray.

COPAL’s vision is to create a powerful Latinx environmental justice voice that is living and working in a thriving environment. We ALL deserve a dignified life in a thriving environment, and a relationship grounded in reciprocity with nature.

Together, we are building leadership and the possibility for a better present and future. Our work addresses the root causes of forced migration due to climate change and extractive economies, green jobs, pollution reduction and an equitable transition to clean energy.

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Our top 3 goals

  • Gola #1: Base Building
  • Goal #2: Structural change at the policy level 
  • Goal #3: Shift the public narrative

Strengthen the power and influence of BIPOC communities in Minnesota.

Organize a collective movement to civically engage communities.

Center impacted voices and elevate our stories.

Our Four Core Issues

Just Energy Transition

The extractive economy of fossil fuels (natural gas, petroleum, and coal we use for heat electricity and transportation) is not only changing our climate but has left a legacy of injustice in our homelands and in our communities today. Indigenous land is mined, and water polluted, refineries and coal/gas plants pollute our neighborhoods, toxic fertilizer and pesticides are sprayed on farmworkers, and high energy bills for heating our homes effects our economic security. COPAL fights to ensure that the transition from fossil fuels to a renewable energy economy benefits our communities.

Forced Climate Migration

Our communities and homelands are on the frontlines of a changing climate – changes in weather patterns effects land-based livelihoods, access to clean drinking water, and the ability to live in a thriving and stable political and economic environmental. As the climate crisis continues to worsen, individuals are being forced to migrate due to natural disasters. COPAL works to highlight the stories and needs of climate migration in our communities.

Green Jobs

Creating sustainable jobs that protect worker health and positively impact the environment is crucial to bettering Minnesota’s economy and longevity. COPAL’s Worker Center strives to place and train individuals in green jobs to help build a more sustainable future.

Cumulative Pollution Impacts

Fossil fuel and toxic industries are concentrated in low income and communities of color, creating a legacy of generational health crises in our communities. This is not by accident – but rather by design of a policy system that has sited polluting industry creating environmental injustice. COPAL actively works to shift those policies to reduce this cumulative harm and bring health back to our communities.

Applying our Environmental Justice Framework

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Centro Trabajadores Centro de Trabajadores El centro de trabajadores de COPAL abrió sus puertas en mayo de 2021.

En el centro, apoyamos a los trabajadores latinos de primera línea para:
Recuperar salarios perdidos.
Perseguir casos de discriminación laboral.
Solicitar beneficios de desempleo.
Conectarse a servicios de capacitación profesional y colocación.

El Centro de Trabajadores es un lugar clave donde podemos conectarnos con la comunidad sobre empleos verdes, condiciones de trabajo seguras y los impactos de la injusticia ambiental en la vida cotidiana de las personas.

Equitable Grid Principles

Guía para la infraestructura de la red eléctrica Tomadores de decisiones y partes interesadas en el Región MISO

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Understanding our history

In order to do the most effective environmental justice work possible, we need to understand our histories and individual stories. Making connections between migration and climate change and extractive economies are crucial in understanding the core of this work.

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