Our Programs

Global Warming Solutions

Goal: To give our children and grandchildren a safer, healthier future by going fossil fuel free, promoting carbon-free transportation, reducing power plant pollution, preserving tropical forests and more.
A greener, healthier world requires each of us to do all we can to eliminate the pollution and practices that are warming the planet and changing our climate. Environment America takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from promoting the fossil fuel divestment movement to accelerating the transition to cars that don’t pollute.
  • <h4>DESTINATION: ZERO CARBON</h4><h5>We're working to make all new cars electric by 2035, all buses electric by 2030, and to double the number of people who travel on foot, bike or public transit by 2030.</h5>
  • <h4>FOSSIL FUEL FREE</h4><h5>We're working to revoke the oil, gas and coal industries’ “social license” to operate as usual by building the fossil fuel free divestment movement.</h5>
  • <h4>TROPICAL FOREST PROTECTION</h4><h5>The world’s tropical forests are the lungs of the world, “breathing in” carbon to keep it out of our atmosphere. We’re doing our part to save them by urging companies to commit to zero deforestation.</h5>
  • <h4>REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION</h4><h5>In the absence of leadership from Washington, D.C., local action is critical. That’s why the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of. </h5>
  • <h4>ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE: OUR CLIMATE</h4><h5>The Trump administration has moved to dismantle federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. We’re defending these protections.</h5>
Solutions to global warming

To promote global warming solutions, Environment America, our network of 29 state affiliates, and members and activists in all 50 states are running these projects and campaigns:

Destination: Zero Carbon: We simply can't solve global warming without changing how Americans get around. To reach our destination, we’re aiming to make all new car sales electric by 2035, make all school and transit buses electric by 2030, and double the number of people who travel on foot, bike, or public transit by 2030.

Fossil Fuel Free: Even as global warming accelerates, the major oil, gas and coal companies are sticking to business as usual. Fortunately, a growing number of investors understand that the industry’s business model is incompatible with what scientists are telling us we must do to slow global warming. That’s why we’re supporting the fossil fuel divestment movement.

Tropical Forest Protection: To slow global warming, we must protect the world’s tropical forests. We’re doing our part by urging companies to commit to stop cutting them down—a commitment known as zero-deforestation. We are currently focusing on the beef and soybean supply chain.

Regional Climate Action: We also must reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon pollution from power plants. Especially given the absence of leadership from Washington, D.C., the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of.

Environmental Defense: Our Climate: The Trump administration has moved to dismantle protections that limit global warming pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. We’re working to defend and strengthen these climate protections.

Our staff rallied support to help win the Clean Power Plan. Now, we are working to defend it.
The Environment America approach

Each Environment America campaign and project aims to protect our planet and our children from global warming a unique way. But they all share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. Global warming is an enormous threat. But it’s just one symptom of our unhealthy relationship to our environment. To meet the climate challenge, we must put the environment first. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.

Build on what works. We’ve won policies, actions and decisions that have resulted in reduced carbon pollution across the country. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.

Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around action on global warming, whether it’s drivers who want to go electric or small business owners who can benefit from smart climate action programs. Our advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. Our advocates in the states build coalitions that include doctors and nurses, religious leaders and educators, and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of people. Our members and activists live in all 50 states.

Become a Climate Defender and sign the pledge to take action

Join us in our commitment to do all we can to slow the warming of the planet that is making extreme weather events more frequent and more dangerous across the country.