CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENERGY
Climate change is an issue that needs our immediate attention. Its impacts are already being felt across the globe and in California, yet they do not affect everyone equally. CRPE approaches the issues of climate change and energy through the lens of climate justice. We address these issues by focusing on the racial, social and economic inequities of climate change and by prioritizing local solutions to this global problem.
The communities most impacted by the effects of climate change and the energy industry are also at the forefront of solutions and the transition to a clean energy future.
CRPE uses its unique blend of community organizing, litigation and policy advocacy to address the dual threats that low-income communities and communities of color face: disproportionately suffering from the effects of climate change, and the effects of policy decisions to address global warming.
Currently our climate justice work focuses on working with communities in the San Joaquin Valley to transition to clean energy based economies, in particular ending extreme oil and gas extraction (including fracking) in California, addressing the impact of short-lived climate pollutants such methane on our environment, and advocating for direct regulations and an equitable carbon pricing system at the state level.