Tackling Climate Change and Environmental Injustice

Climate action that meets the crisis’ urgency, creates good-quality jobs, benefits disadvantaged communities, and restores U.S. credibility on the global stage

People with placards and posters on global strike for climate change. Woman speaking in megaphone in front of crowd. (Getty/urbazon)

What We're Doing

Pursuing environmental justice

Investing in equitable climate solutions that address the country’s legacy of environmental racism while working to ensure that all communities have the right to breathe clean air, live free of dangerous levels of toxic pollution, access healthy food, and share the benefits of a prosperous economy

Creating good, clean jobs at home

Laying the groundwork for an urgent transition to a clean energy economy that works for all, creating millions of well-paying jobs with the opportunity to join a union, and improving the quality of life for all Americans in the process

Protecting nature

Addressing the linked climate and biodiversity crises by conserving 30 percent of all U.S. lands and water by 2030 and promoting natural solutions to the climate crisis that benefit all communities

Restoring U.S. climate leadership on the global stage

By taking strong and equitable domestic action, we restore the ability to bring countries together to reduce emissions and help developing countries transition to carbon-neutral economies and adapt to inevitable impacts

By the numbers

$99B

The cost to U.S. taxpayers from extreme weather events in 2020—and it’s getting worse

CAP, “Extreme Weather Cost U.S. Taxpayers $99 Billion Last Year, and It Is Getting Worse” (2021).

139

The number of elected senators and representatives who still deny climate change

CAP, “Climate Deniers in the 117th Congress” (2021).

2°F

Human activity, largely burning fossil fuels, has warmed the planet this much since 1800s

The New York Times, “A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.” (2021).

1M

The number of plant and animal species at risk of extinction around the world today

CAP, “How Much Nature Should America Keep?” (2019).

What You Can Do

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Interactive: $1 Billion U.S. Extreme Storm Disasters, 2011–2017 Interactive

Interactive: $1 Billion U.S. Extreme Storm Disasters, 2011–2017

This interactive map provides county-by-county information on billion-dollar extreme weather events and household median income.

Miranda Peterson, Howard Marano, Kristina Costa

By the Numbers: Pollution and Public Health Interactive

By the Numbers: Pollution and Public Health

This state-by-state map pairs pollution and public health statistics, revealing what is at stake if the Affordable Care Act and environmental regulations are repealed.

Myriam Alexander-Kearns

Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy Interactive

Chinese Direct Investment in the U.S. Energy Economy

CAP mapped Chinese direct investment activity across the U.S. energy economy to analyze where these investments are happening and what makes some regions more attractive than others.

Melanie Hart, Angela Luh

How Reducing Soot Pollution Can Save Lives Interactive

How Reducing Soot Pollution Can Save Lives

Dr. Christopher Lillis, an internal medicine doctor based in Virginia, explains why soot is hazardous to our public health, how it affects regular people, and the benefits of reducing soot pollution through new Environmental Protection Agency regulations.

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