Take Action: Tell the EPA to Protect Communities From Toxic Air Pollution
The Environmental Protection Agency is working on a safeguard that closes existing industry loopholes and holds power plants accountable for bursts of toxic air pollution that currently go unchecked. Nearby neighborhoods -- often lower income families and communities of color -- are being exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollution. Unfortunately, but not unexpectedly, polluters are fighting this commonsense effort. Everyone deserves to breathe clean and healthy air!
Tell the EPA to stand strong and protect vulnerable communities from dangerous air pollution.
Take Action: Don't Fast-Track the Trans-Pacific Partnership
A dangerous trade pact between the U. S. and 11 countries along the Pacific Rim, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership, would strip our government's power to manage U.S. gas exports -- opening the floodgates for fracking and sacrificing our air and water quality in order to feed foreign markets. Some members of Congress are now proposing to fast-track the process in order to quietly and quickly push this trade agreement across the finish line without your input.
Tell Congress not to fast-track this trade agreement!
Twentieth Anniversary: Environmental Justice Executive Order
Tuesday, February 11, marks 20 years since President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898: "Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations."
Leslie Fields, director of the Sierra Club's Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships Program writes that this executive order was great progress:
"The executive order gave environmental justice folks a ledge to cling to when taking on the federal government. Unfortunately, the implementation of this executive order is not complete."
Read her take on 20 years of the executive order.
Grassroots Activism: Former Coal Miner Takes Climate Action
Nick Mullins is a former coal miner from Virginia, and last week he traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify at the Environmental Protection Agency's public hearing on carbon pollution standards.
Read his powerful testimony.