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

Featured work

Latest

Playing Games with American Power In the News

Playing Games with American Power

Nina Hachigian argues that House Republicans should stop playing games with raising the debt ceiling and treat the issues with the seriousness it deserves.

Nina Hachigian

Does the U.S. Need a Balanced Budget Amendment? In the News

Does the U.S. Need a Balanced Budget Amendment?

Scott Lilly debates Sen. Orrin Hatch in US News and World Report about whether we need a balanced budget amendment.

Scott Lilly

Robert Gates’ Budget Dance In the News

Robert Gates’ Budget Dance

Reducing the baseline defense budget for FY 2011 and FY 2012 should not be a point of contention in federal spending reductions, writes Lawrence Korb.

Lawrence J. Korb

A Really Bad Idea In the News

A Really Bad Idea

Scott Lilly explains why a federal hiring freeze wouldn't save much money or be very effective.

Scott Lilly

Show More