In our view, we have a moral obligation to future generations, as well as all life on the planet, to reduce the pollution that’s warming the Earth and disrupting our climate.
It’s a view that’s shared by millions of Americans, many of whom have spoken up for local, state and national action on the issue.
Beginning in the 2000s and driven by the research, advocacy and organizing of our state affiliates, more than a dozen states enacted their own clean car standards to limit global warming pollution. By 2010, state leadership had paved the way for national standards adopted by the Obama administration.
In a similar manner, state and regional action eased the way for adoption of the Clean Power Plan. Our national network helped establish and strengthen the Northeastern states’ Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, which caps carbon pollution from power plants. We co-led the coalition that called on the Obama administration to enact the Clean Power Plan, a campaign supported by 8 million public comments.