Tomorrow, the Climate Justice Alliance, a conglomerate of roughly 35 grassroots organizations from around the country, will convene hundreds of activists in Richmond, Calif., for the Our Power National Convening, a precursor to the People’s Climate March in New York City in September. The mission: Show delegates heading to the Sept. 23 United Nations Climate Summit that the best sources for climate change solutions are communities where people are already coping with heat extremities and managing water crises.

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Richmond is a fitting site for the march. It’s long been on the Environmental Protection Agency’s radar as an environmental justice community, meaning it’s overburdened with pollution, poverty, and health problems. It’s surrounded by hundreds of industrial facilities, including waste incinerators, oil refineries, and pesticide producers assaulting the air with an assortment of toxic pollutants.

The Aug. 6 date is also pertinent, commemorating the 15,000 residents of the surrounding Contra Costa county injured by an explosion at the Chevron oil refinery in 2012.