Rev. Jesse Bottoms is Vice President, National Baptist Convention USA. Rev. Bottoms was a representative for NBC USA during a black church leadership climate consultation last June and on behalf of his denomination presented more than 12,000 black church signatures to the Congressional Black Caucus during a Fall 2015 event with representatives from other black church denominations.

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How the Black Church Is Rallying for Climate Justice

by Rev. Jesse Bottoms 02-05-2016

People's Climate Rally, Sept. 14, 2014. by Alan Greig/

Black History Month is a time to reflect on the contributions African Americans have made to this country. We are right to pause and look back on those who have fought for justice and equal rights. But we mustn’t stop there. We also need to look forward and act to address one of the deadliest legacies of racial inequality: toxic pollution that is harming our children and poisoning our environment.