Too many people are breathing unhealthy air, and they are disproportionately likely to be people of color. The good news is that the nation has an opportunity to curb climate change, clean up air pollution and promote health equity all at the same time. The nation must transition from fossil fuels and combustion to clean, renewable electricity and zero-emission transportation. And policymakers must ensure that as this transition happens, communities with the highest health burdens from air pollution are cleaned up first—not left behind.
Join us in calling on President Biden to promote environmental justice by prioritizing historically burdened communities for pollution cleanup and to receive the benefits of investments in the transition to electric vehicles and clean, renewable electricity.
Everyone has a role to play in ending the disproportionate burden of air pollution. Individuals can take steps in their own lives like saving fuel and electricity; swapping solo gas-powered car trips with walking, biking or public transit; and skipping backyard fires. You can get tips on reducing your emissions with the Lung Association’s Stand Up For Clean Air initiative.
Businesses can choose or build sources of clean, renewable electricity and electrify their vehicle fleets. And governments at every level must set and enforce strong policies to limit emissions; eliminate fossil fuel use and combustion for energy; invest in energy that’s clean and renewable; and meaningfully engage community members like you in that work, especially in neighborhoods that have suffered from unhealthy air pollution for decades.