Working Groups


On September 17, 2009, President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and his Cabinet held an underwater meeting to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation. The president and cabinet members signed a document calling for global cuts in carbon emissions at the global climate summit in Copenhagen. Photo:

BCJN has three working groups focusing on various aspects of climate justice work in the Bronx, and at the city, state, national, and international levels: Energy Solutions, Food Justice, and Green Vision. We work in alliance with many like-minded groups in our borough and city, particularly with Bronx Climate Justice, a coalition of environmental, social, economic, and racial justice groups based in the South Bronx. Our working groups meet monthly. All meetings are open to the public. For a schedule of BCJN meetings, please go to our BCJN Meetings & Events page.

Energy Solutions Working Group

Our Energy Solutions Working Group seeks to promote solutions in the Bronx  that will support a broader New York City and New York State transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030, environmentally sound building practices, and transportation alternatives that promote equity, public safety and health, and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. We support binding global agreements on greenhouse gas emissions that will hold the world to below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. We seek the rapid termination of dangerous, destructive extraction, transportation, and consumption of fossil fuels including coal, oil, and natural gas, and work for their replacement with renewable energy sources. We oppose nuclear power. We support global campaigns for divestment from fossil fuels and nuclear energy, and reinvestment in renewable energy projects. These goals must be met with green jobs at living wages aimed at meeting the need for employment in the inner city.

Food Justice Working Group

Our Food Justice Working Group focuses on a wide range of issues from immediate hunger needs in the Bronx and support for local, sustainable agriculture through farmers markets, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), and community gardens, to the expansion of food stamp benefits, the transition to a more climate-friendly diets via the Meatless Monday campaign and other initiatives, and justice for New York State’s farmworkers.

Green Vision Working Group

Our Green Vision Working Group focuses on promoting clean air, land, and water for residents of the Bronx and beyond. We support citizen-based initiatives to green Bronx parks, public spaces, wild areas, schools, waterfronts, and water bodies. We also support global initiatives to protect and restore planetary life systems and biodiversity in ways that combat and reverse climate change, and prioritize the particularly urgent needs of communities on the front lines of climate devastation in our borough and around the world.

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