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Kinnamon lauds NAACP resolution
addressing global climate change

New York, July 15, 2009  The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), celebrating its' 100th anniversary in New York this week, has reaffirmed its commitment to stem the effects of climate change while seeking new opportunities for communities of color.

The resolution was praised by the Rev. Dr. Michael Kinnamon, General Secretary of the National Council of Churches, and by Cassandra Carmichael, director of the NCC's Eco-Justice program.

"African Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and it is clear that the NAACP will work to ensure the impacts of climate change be minimized while maximizing the opportunity to create a new and just economy," Kinnamon said.

"The National Council of Churches, which includes many of the historical African American denominations, has been heeding the Biblical call for a just, moral, and equitable response to the climate crisis by encouraging the development of a clean and sustainable energy future. We look forward to working with the NAACP to ensure that all communities have access to the new clean energy jobs of the future which have the ability to help pull families and communities out of poverty.

The NAACP resolution was crafted in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.

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