Congresswoman Bush, Senator Markey Celebrate Passage of Environmental Justice Mapping Bill in Inflation Reduction Act
Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act will identify and collect data on frontline communities of climate crisis
Washington D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement celebrating the passage of their Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act of 2021, which was included in the Inflation Reduction Act, signed by President Biden on Tuesday, August 16th. This bill authorizes funding for data collection on the disproportionate environmental and climate harms as well as the cumulative impacts of pollution and rising temperatures. All tracking and mapping tools will be accessible to those in the community. This data will assist the Biden administration and Congress in directing at least 40 percent of investments for a clean and climate-safe future into communities that have been harmed by racist and unjust environmental practices.
“When taking action on the climate crisis, it is critical that we prioritize our frontline communities – disproportionately Black, brown, and Indigenous communities – who continue to face the brunt of the effects of climate change. This is why we worked hard to ensure that our Environmental Justice Mapping and Data Collection Act was included in the Inflation Reduction Act, signed into law by President Biden last week. Our bill will take ground-breaking steps towardidentifying the location, effects, and makeup of these frontline communities. Knowledge is power, and understanding the full scope of the climate crisis’s impact is necessary for connecting people with tangible policy solutions and the investments needed to fully address environmental racism.
“Even though the Inflation Reduction Act isn’t the legislation we would have written ourselves and doesn’t deliver all that we believe it could have, we see the inclusion of our bill as important progress toward achieving environmental justice and equity. Environmental justice communities, organizers, and advocates must have a seat at the table in determining the solutions that will benefit their families, and we will continue to work together with grassroots leaders to ensure that our work does not stop here. This is only the beginning of our efforts at the federal level to prioritize equitable investments in environmental justice.”
Congresswoman Cori Bush sits on the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, serves as the Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip, and proudly represents St. Louis as a politivist in the halls of the United States Congress.