Energy and Climate Justice

Greenaction works with urban, rural and Indigenous communities in campaigns for clean, renewable energy and just solutions to the climate crisis.

We are on the frontlines of community-based campaigns against new and proposed fossil fuel power plants.  We work in many communities to reduce diesel pollution, work to stop existing nuclear power plants and oppose proposed new nuclear reactors, and we work for the appropriate siting of renewable sun and wind energy projects.

Greenaction’s Energy and Climate Justice Campaigns include:

Greenaction supports these principles to guide our work to support real and justice based solutions to Climate Change:

1. Stop Cooking the Planet

Global climate change will accelerate unless we can slow the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. We must find alternatives for those human activities that cause global climate change.

2. Protect and Empower Vulnerable Individuals and Communities

Low-income workers, people of color, and Indigenous Peoples will suffer the most from climate change’s impact. We need to provide opportunities to adapt and thrive in a changing world.

3. Ensure Just Transition for Workers and Communities

No group should have to shoulder alone the burdens caused by the transition from a fossil fuel-based economy to a renewable energy-based economy. A just transition would create opportunities for displaced workers and communities to participate in the new economic order through compensation for job loss, loss of tax base, and other negative effects.

4. Require Community Participation

At all levels and in all realms, people must have a say in the decisions that affect their lives. Decision makers must include communities in the policy process. U.S. federal and state governments, recognizing their government-to-government relationship, must work with tribes as well.

5. Global Problems Need Global Solutions

The causes and effects of climate change occur around the world. Individuals, communities, and nations must work together cooperatively to stop global climate change.

6. The U.S. Must Lead

Countries that contribute the most to global warming should take the lead in solving the problem. The U.S. is four percent of the world’s population but emits 25 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases. All people should have equal rights to the atmosphere.

7. Stop Exploration for Fossil Fuels

Presently known fossil fuel reserves will last far into the future. Fossil fuel exploration destroys unique cultures and valuable ecosystems. Exploration should be halted as it is no longer worth the cost. We should instead invest in renewable energy sources.

8. No Cap and Trade

Cap and Trade policies and programs allow fossil fuel pollution to continue and do little or nothing to end the disproportionate burden of fossil fuel polluting industries on low-income, working class, communities of color and Indigenous peoples.

9. Protect Future Generations

The greatest impacts of climate change will come in the future. We should take into account the impacts on future generations in deciding policy today. Our children should have the opportunity for success and a healthy planet through the sustainable use of resources and renewable energy.