NRDC Responds to COVID-19
What's At Stake
This unprecedented public health crisis requires bold, equitable, and science-based action.
NRDC is answering this call alongside our partners, which include scientists, health experts, lawyers, and other supporters, as well as the low-income communities and communities of color that are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis.
Hundreds of thousands of people are sick; many have lost loved ones. The economic fallout has left tens of millions without jobs. Essential workers’ health is at risk. On top of it all, many families across the country living with polluted air and without access to clean water are more vulnerable to COVID-19. The paramount importance of social equity and environmental justice has been brought out into the spotlight.
NRDC—which has, for 50 years, fought for clean air, clean water, and healthy communities for all—will continue to be relentless in our defense of clean air and water protections in court, especially as federal agencies, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, try to relax their enforcement of environmental and public health protections that keep this crisis from going from bad to catastrophic.
Together with our partners, we’re calling on governors across the nation to declare a moratorium on water shutoffs during the crisis. We’re keeping an eye on which communities are hardest hit by the crisis and elevating these disparities in our advocacy. We’re working internationally to strengthen wildlife protections to prevent future pandemics. And we’re demanding that federal leaders provide stimulus packages to provide relief for people—not polluters—as well as smart investments in public health and environmental safeguards. Finally, we’re keeping a watchful eye on policy proposals to ensure that efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis today do not make the climate crisis worse tomorrow.
The world will move forward from COVID-19. When we do, we must set ourselves on a path built on equity, on science-based solutions and evidence-based decisions, and on international cooperation. Together, we will help build that path.
Reporting, expert commentary, analysis, and more.
African Americans make up a third of Louisiana's population but account for about 70% of COVID-19 deaths in the state—in part because of the disproportionately higher air pollution that burdens Black communities.
In New York City, COVID-19 death rates for Black and Latinx people are twice the rate for whites.
Ending water shutoffs and reconnecting water protects us all. Governors have the power in this emergency to guarantee those protections for everyone. They should use it.
1 in 5
U.S. households that have to forego or reduce food and medicine spending to pay energy bills at least one month a year.
The coronavirus has once again shown a spotlight on the risks of consuming wildlife as food and spurred public outcry to ban wild meat consumption in China.
COVID response legislation should include provisions to protect public health; ensure protection of economically distressed people, communities, and water systems; and help provide jobs and economic stimulus for the flagging economy.
The COVID-19 emergency worsens the response to heat-related illness since hospitals and urban health centers are already stressed.
We have seen inventive policies to help impacted farmers and workers during this time of uncertainty, but they need to become permanent to shore up the food system before the next disaster.
The forthcoming federal stimulus is a chance to stand with people and communities tied to the fossil fuel industry while reaffirming our commitment to move toward a future without fossil fuels.
We are standing in solidarity with worker advocates to support broad worker protections and expanded sick leave, unemployment, and health insurance benefits.
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