Climate justice for frontline communities
The impacts of climate change are hitting harder and faster than expected, posing grave threats to human health and well-being. Lower-income communities are disproportionately affected by exposure to pollution from our fossil fuel economy through proximity to oil and gas wells, oil refineries, major highways, and other industrial areas. These frontline communities are also more vulnerable to climate impacts such as heatwaves, drought, floods, and food insecurity.
For many decades the Environmental Justice Movement has been fighting back to stop the injustices of over a century of fossil fuel extraction, transportation, processing, and end-use that disproportionately impact these communities. The Climate Center stands with these advocates and strives to always embed climate justice in our policy work to ensure that everyone can enjoy a healthy, vibrant, and climate-safe future.