It’s true everywhere you look in California: low-income and minority communities are disadvantaged by poor air quality, water shortages, and inadequate health care – and climate change worsens the impact of pollution in these communities. The California League of Conservation Voters has a simple step you can take to help.
When we passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in 2006, the groundbreaking law included the goal to ensure that low-income and minority communities are strengthened by efforts to tackle the climate crisis. Now, we’re on the verge of realizing that goal with environmental champion Senator Kevin de León’s bill, SB 535, and we need your help: urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign this environmental justice bill now (SB 535).
Now more than ever, we’re seeing the dangerous and costly impacts of global warming. But the California Air Resources Board hasn’t taken action to help low-income and minority communities confront these challenges. SB 535 fills in this gap by creating a Communities Healthy Air Revitalization Trust to direct a portion of the revenues generated from the Global Warming Solution Act (AB 32) to help Californians who are least able to confront the expected effects of the climate crisis at a local level.
Click here to send your message of support for environmental justice bill SB 535, and we’ll make sure Gov. Brown’s office receives it immediately. Adding your voice now will make a difference for low-income and minority communities.
Polluters will pay billions of dollars under the cap-and-trade plan in the Global Warming Solutions Act. Disadvantaged communities will benefit from those funds if SB 535 is signed into law by Gov. Brown. SB 535 requires 25 percent of this money to go to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities, and 10 percent must go to projects in disadvantaged communities.
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Thank you for taking action today, and thanks for everything you do to bring the benefits of our state’s leadership on climate change to all of California’s communities.