Clean Energy for All

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Environmental justice (EJ) communities –– low-income communities, people of color and immigrant populations –– are paying the deepest price for our economy’s addiction to fossil fuels. Not only do they bear the physical burden of pollution, with high rates of asthma and cardiovascular disease, but they also have the greatest barriers to accessing clean energy that reduces pollution and saves us all money on our energy and healthcare bills.

That’s why we are doubling down on our efforts to bring clean power to Environmental Justice communities.

We have launched two new videos and a new action campaign. Watch below, then take action to ensure clean energy and a just environment. 

Clean Energy for All

In this video, members of the Green Justice Coalition in Chelsea, Holyoke and Springfield, Massachusetts––and other allies working in solidarity––share their perspectives and guidance on the environmental justice challenges of today: 

  1. Communities that have borne the brunt of fossil fuels and life-threatening pollution should be a priority in the transition to a green economy

  2. Folks on the ground have the solutions, with enough resources they will leap forward toward a society powered by renewable energy

  3. Policymakers must respond to community knowledge and strategies cannot be developed “above” communities or without their meaningful involvement. 

There are also two bills filed in the state legislature that, if passed, would expand access to solar by giving solar companies more flexibility in delivering savings to customers and carving out solar incentives for low income projects.  Clean Water Action is working with the Green Justice Coalition to fight the laws and regulations that block low income communities and communities of color from accessing solar. Take action today to support solar for all of Massachusetts! Send a message today.

Toxic Communities and the Drive for Clean Air

Coal power plants. Leaking landfills and toxic trash. For years, Massachusetts residents have fought against industrial facilities across the statewide that dirty our air and water and impact our health. 

The legacy of pollution is long and painful. In many cases, we’re winning. But there’s still more work to do.

Massachusetts has shut down its last coal plants. Residents are still fighting incinerators and other sources of environmental harm. We interviewed leaders across the state to tell the story of these struggles. These “extraordinary ordinary” people show just how incredible the work of everyday residents can be.

Take Action! Help Massachusetts do more to expand solar to low-income communities.

Massachusetts’ solar program, Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART), isn’t working for many. The so-called “SMART” program has not resulted in any noticeable number of low income solar projects. Thankfully, there is opportunity to fix this.  The Department of Energy Resources is currently reviewing the program and has been directed to pay extra attention to low and moderate income solar access. Take action here.

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