Ben Jealous is a civic leader and former Environmental Defense Fund board member. At 35 years of age, Ben made history by becoming the youngest person to ever serve as both the president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
As the president of the NAACP, the first new program he launched was the ongoing NAACP Environment and Climate Justice Program. One of the program’s three goals is to “strengthen community resilience and livability” by, among other things, “advancing food justice.” As the NAACP website explains:
Environmental injustice and climate change are about the fact that in many communities it is far easier to find a bag of Cheetos than a carton of strawberries and this only stands to get worse as drought and flooding impact the availability and affordability of nutritious food.
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