Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign is mobilizing a movement of people across the country to fight climate change and improve health by bringing zero-emission electric cars, trucks, and buses to underserved neighborhoods. We use music, art, & education to reach impacted communities who’ve traditionally been left out of the climate conversation and develop local leaders to take action in their own neighborhoods.
Transportation is now the number one source of carbon emissions in the U.S., which cause climate change. We have less than twelve years to significantly reduce our emissions to avoid catastrophic global consequences. But this is not only a climate issue, but it’s also a health and safety issue too. Low-income communities and people of color often live near busy highways, diesel truck and bus routes, ports and distribution centers which makes them more exposed to dangerous tailpipe pollution. Emissions from diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles cause low birth weights, asthma, cardiovascular illness, and even premature death. Growing evidence links these toxic pollutants to cognitive issues like autism and Alzheimer's. There are now more premature deaths from transportation-related pollution than traffic-related accidents every year.
Transportation Climate Initiative
Green For All is part of a broad coalition of organizations working to develop a clean, equitable, modern transportation system in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.
Our goal is to make polluters pay for their pollution and invest in clean transportation solutions in the low-income communities and communities of color most impacted by climate change. We're working with community partners across the region, elevating and uplifting the concerns and voices of the most impacted, and ensuring they have the resources and tools they need so no one is left behind in the transition to a green economy.
Clean School Buses
Over 25 million kids ride school buses that expose them to toxins and known carcinogens. Dirty diesel school buses are basically refineries on wheels. The soot and particulate matter that spews out of them while kids line up alongside the bus waiting to board -- and the tiny particulates that enter the bus through open windows as they travel -- get embedded deep into their lungs. This can cause severe breathing problems, asthma, and other respiratory issues.
But we can change that. In the words of our founder Van Jones, "It's hard to learn when you can't breathe...School buses should be as clean as they are safe."
No matter how old you are, you can #FuelChange where you live. Know a kid who wants to make a difference? Help them enter the #FuelChange4Kids Art Program!
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