The Faith in Place Action Fund is enthusiastic about Governor Pritzker’s most recent commitment to pass powerful legislation this fall that will ensure climate action for Illinois. As people of faith and conscience, we are committed to working with Gov. Pritzker to center equity and ensure Illinois is investing in communities who have historically carried the burden of fossil fuel pollution. We must provide a just transition plan for retiring coal plants and the surrounding environmental justice communities by 2030. We are committed to promoting living wage clean energy training and careers for individuals who have gone through the incarceration system and foster care alumni.
With major job losses continuing from the pandemic and ongoing national cries for Black Lives Matter, it is urgent that we pursue clean energy legislation with equity at its core. Any piece of legislation that falls short in addressing equity fails to be relevant and meaningful for communities who have been hit the hardest by the pandemic, the fossil fuel industry, and all other environmental injustices.
The Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) embodies Gov. Pritzker's principles by moving Illinois swiftly to a Clean Energy Economy while also prioritizing equity at its core. We cannot wait to pass CEJA and will continue to work with Governor Pritzker and the General Assembly to center equity while advancing clean energy throughout IL.