Fossil fuel pollution hurts us all, but it does not hurt us all equally. Low income communities and communities of color continue to suffer disproportionately, often because of their close proximity to the dirtiest sources of pollution. Carbon pollution leads to higher rates of asthma, cancer, and pollution-related diseases, and contributes to devastating climate change.
But here’s the kicker: the cost of carbon pollution is not free. Currently, the public is paying to treat the many side effects of the fossil fuel industry’s dirty pollution: increased health care costs, the cost of clean up from super storms that result from climate change, increased cost of produce due to severe weather effects on agriculture, and decreased property values, to name a few of the ways.
It’s time to reverse this trend and hold polluters accountable.
Green For All is working to win fair and just carbon pricing policies across the country that curb carbon emissions, recover value for public benefit by making polluters pay, and drive green economy investments into the hardest hit communities.
- PRIMER: Key Elements of Effective Carbon Pricing (2 pager)
- VIDEO: Vien Truong at Bioneers on creating the biggest polluters pay fund in history
- VIDEO: Vien Truong on NowThisNews on How to Make Polluters Pay
- HARVARD LAW REVIEW: Vien Truong’s article Addressing Poverty and Pollution through California’s SB 535 Polluters Pay Fund
- CASE STUDIES REPORT: The Greenlining Institute’s Climate Investments Case Studies Report documenting examples of how polluters pay funds were used and who benefits
- TOOLKITS: Green For All convened national partners to create a series of toolkits to help states implement plans to curb carbon emissions while prioritizing fairness and justice for communities and workers on the frontlines. Check out Making Polluters Pay: Harnessing Allowance Value for Public Benefit
- STATEMENT: Green For All’s remarks on the defeat of Washington Initiative 732
To learn more about our #PollutersPay campaign, contact Michelle Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org.