EMBARGOED: PRESS RELEASE ON AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN ENERGY (AABE) INVOLVEMENT IN COP 27
November 14th, 2022
SHARM EL SHEIKH, EGYPT – The American Association of Blacks in Energy (“AABE”), the leading energy policy voice of Black America, issues this statement in support of energy policies in line with the Paris Climate Accords.
“The threat posed by climate change requires urgent action,” said AABE President and CEO Ralph Cleveland. “We recognize the symbiotic relationship between humanity and the natural systems which is vital in protecting human health and the environment.” President Cleveland also shared his hopes for the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference (the “COP 27”) saying, “We desperately hope for wisdom and for the victory of our common humanity over parochial interests.”
“As the energy policy voice for Black America, AABE is presenting a Declaration of Principles, a global coalition building exercise for likeminded COP 27 participants concerned about the impacts of climate change on people of African descent wherever they may be. We hope to underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations to encourage policymakers to pursue the benefits that will come from increased cooperation on shared global priorities,” President Cleveland said.
AABE hopes to underscore the importance of U.S.-Africa relations ahead of the Biden Administration’s U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit on December 13th -15th, 2022. “I consider it a special opportunity to attend COP 27 on the African continent and to have AABE’s voice included in this important global dialogue on energy policy,” Chairman Thigpen said.
“It is my hope that AABE’s efforts and these Principles contribute to transformational energy policies that not only meet the demands of climate change, but also build a brighter future for all of humanity by enabling the voices African descent to place equity considerations at the center of global energy policies,” President Cleveland said.
AABE was founded in 1977, as the vehicle for Blacks in America to provide direct input into the deliberations and developments of energy policies, regulations, emerging technologies, and environmental issues. Since that time, AABE has remained the preeminent American organization advocating for Blacks in the energy industry with over 1,400 members and 38 chapters nationwide.
*EMBARGOED UNTIL NOVEMBER 14TH, 2022 AT 9:00 AM ET*
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