New York City Climate and Community Stimulus Platform

Climate Works for All
5 min readApr 21, 2020

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We are the Climate Works for All coalition, a coalition of labor, community, environmental justice and faith organizations all working together to fight climate change and ensure a just transition and fair economy for workers and low-income communities.

We are in the midst of a global health and economic crisis. The economy is collapsing, and we have already seen widespread job loss and trauma for many people that will continue to grow. We are now seeing what our coalition has known all along, that the hardest hit areas where most essential and low-wage workers reside are black and brown neighborhoods. For example, a recent preliminary study found that long-term exposure to high levels of fine particulate matter puts communities at a significantly higher risk of dying from coronavirus; communities with higher levels of pollution across the city are low-income, black and brown communities. The black population may be dying at a younger age than the white population. And, though only about 29% of the population, Latinx deaths account for 34% of the deaths in NYC, the largest share for any racial or ethnic group. Over 22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last 4 weeks, rising to a higher rate than at any point since the Great Depression. New York City has the 4th highest job loss in the nation. Unemployment disparities mirror the lack of access to healthcare across racial lines. Restaurant, nail salon, retail and other sectors where workers, who are overwhelmingly women of color, are experiencing the highest job loss, and their jobs may not return at all after the crisis. But this is not a new story. Our communities have faced economic disenfranchisement and disinvestment for decades, lacking access to affordable and healthy housing, quality healthcare, residing in the most polluted areas of the city, and working for poverty wages.

The coronavirus pandemic has taught us that our government is grossly unprepared to protect our most vulnerable communities. But we can learn from this crisis and take aggressive, bold action to prepare for the crisis that has existed before the global pandemic: climate change. There is no time to sit and wait. Climate solutions will create direct opportunities for coming out of an economic collapse, but only if there is large-scale, coordinated citywide action rooted in equity. If we get this right today, we can create a forward-looking plan that addresses how our communities, especially frontline communities, can recover from an unprecedented economic crisis and thrive in a post-COVID city by building a resilient New York.

In a time of great uncertainty, this much is clear: WE NEED GOOD JOBS. We need to move on a plan to create good jobs as soon as the economy can reopen safely, and that proactive plan can be adopted now. Our movement is coming together — labor unions, community organizations, environmental justice groups, and elected officials — to collectively call for immediate funds from the federal government to help us rebuild as a city. Austerity does not bring prosperity or justice or solutions to climate change. Another world is possible when we come out the other side.

We stand together to call on our government for a commitment to the Climate and Community stimulus plan to strengthen our economy, put workers back to work in good, sustainable union jobs, prioritize the health, safety and wellbeing of environmental justice and low income communities, and move us towards our climate goals. Below is our platform that outlines major job creation strategies in the climate economy, and we emphasize that the following key principles be followed in the transition:

1. Centering low income Black and brown environmental justice communities 2. Creating good union jobs within the climate industry
3. Meeting New York City’s 2050 climate goals

This Platform is endorsed by the Climate Works for All coalition and allies

NYC Council Member Support

Adrienne E. Adams (District 28)

Diana Ayala (District 8)

Justin Brannan (District 43)

Margaret Chin (District 1)

Costa Constantinides (District 22)

Ben Kallos (District 5)

Mark Levine (District 7)

Brad Lander (District 39)

Carlina Rivera (District 2)

Helen Rosenthal (District 6)

Organizational Support

350 NYC

Action Corps NYC


ALIGN: The Alliance for a Greater New York

Big Reuse


Brooklyn Movement Center


Coalition Z

Collective for Community, Culture and Environment

Community Voices Heard

Congregation B’nai Jeshurun

Consortium for Worker Education

Data for Progress

District Council 9 New York — IUPAT Painters & Allied Trades

Doctors Council SEIU

Fridays for Future NYC



Heat Cool Smart Brooklyn

IBEW Local 3

James Lewis Electrical corp

Jewish Climate Action Network NYC

Judson Memorial Church

Kinetic Communities

Make the Road New York

MPower Change

North American Climate, Conservation and Environment(NACCE)

New York City Employment and Training Coalition

New York City Environmental Justice Alliance

New York Communities for Change

New York Doctors Coalition

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

New York Renews

New York State Nurses Association

Nos Quedamos

NYC-DSA Ecosocialist Working Group

NY NJ Regional Joint Board, Workers United/SEIU

Our Progressive Future

Pakistani American Youth society inc

People’s Climate Movement — NY

THE POINT Community Development Corporation

Pratt Center for Community Development

El Puente

Queens Climate Project

Restaurant Opportunities Center — NY

Riders Alliance

Sierra Club

Sunrise NYC



Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB)

Urbecon LLC

Waterfront Alliance

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

West 80s Neighborhood Association

Zero Hour NYC

Last updated: June 10th



Climate Works for All

A coalition of community groups, environmentalists, and labor unions, joining together to fight climate change in New York City.