It’s Thursday, April 1, and Biden has a team of new environmental justice advisers.

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President Joe Biden’s climate plans have centered around the low-income communities of color that bear the brunt of pollution and climate impacts — and on Monday, he announced the members of a new group of advisers dedicated to shaping his environmental justice agenda. The new group, called the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, was created as a part of Biden’s sweeping executive orders on climate, and is part of the White House’s Council on Environmental Quality, or CEQ. It consists of 26 community leaders, scholars, and activists.

Some of the big names announced Monday include Robert Bullard, who is widely regarded as the father of the environmental justice movement; LaTricea Adams, CEO of Black Millennials 4 Flint; Jade Begay, a director at NDN Collective, an Indigenous rights group; and Catherine Flowers, founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. (Begay and Flowers are 2021 and 2017 Grist Fixers, respectively.)

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“This is a historic moment that environmental justice communities have been working toward for decades,” Cecilia Martinez, CEQ’s environmental justice coordinator, said in a statement. “President Biden and Vice President Harris are, for the first time ever, bringing the voices, perspectives, and expertise of environmental justice communities into a formal advisory role at the White House.”

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