By Michaela Puterbaugh
The Women’s March on Washington has announced their partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) last Thursday. As a partner, the NRDC will continue working to protect our right to clean air, safe water, and healthy communities around the world.
“A healthy environment is a basic right for all of us—regardless of where we live, how we vote, or what we look like,” said Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
The NRDC currently has more than 2 million members including lawyers, scientists, and other environmental specialists who devote their lives to protecting the world’s natural resources, public health, and the environment. Their partnership with March organizers recognizes the key roles women have in fighting for climate, environmental, and health issues around the world. It also recognizes that women, along with low-income communities and people of color, tend to be most affected by the consequences of climate change and industrial pollution.
The Women’s March on Washington is a women-led grassroots movement who believes in the equal treatment of all people regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Together they stand in supporting social justice and human rights issues.
“We are thrilled to have NRDC as a partner of the Women’s March, and welcome their leadership in protecting our air, water and climate. NRDC stands with communities around the country who are deeply affected by pollution, environmental degradation and climate change – issues that disproportionately affect women, low-income communities and communities of color. We must urgently address these problems with policy changes that ensure the fair treatment of all people, no matter their race, gender or income level. NRDC will expand the conversation about how climate change impacts everyone here and now, and we are proud to stand together in solidarity,” said Linda Sarsour, National Co-Chair of the Women’s March on Washington.
In a continuing effort to promote solidarity and support fundamental human rights, The Women’s March on Washington has arranged for hundreds of thousands of women to take part in their March on January 21, the day after the presidential inauguration. The purpose of the March is to, “…make clear to the new administration and Congress that we stand together in solidarity and expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families, and their communities.”
In addition to the March organizers, hundreds of volunteers and various partner organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Amnesty International, United We Dream, and Muslim Women’s Alliance will help lead the event. For those who are not able to be in Washington D.C., there are over 150 sister marches being planned across the country for Saturday, January 21.
For more information on the March, visit www.womensmarch.com.