This week, we’re kicking off a new series to highlight our incredible partner organizations who are driving climate progress and fighting for environmental justice across the United States. First up: Vote Solar. Sign up for our newsletter to get a first look.
Vote Solar works at the state level across the country to speed the transition to 100 percent clean electricity. Electricity generation from fossil fuels is one of the most significant sources of carbon emissions in this country. In order to make meaningful progress on climate, we must stop burning fossil fuels like coal and gas and start…
For far too long, many utilities throughout the United States have avoided responsibility for the mounting climate crisis. For years, a majority of utilities have operated under short-sighted strategies aimed at maximizing financial returns at the expense of our clean air, our communities, and our clean energy future.
Recently, however, many of the nation’s largest utilities have seemingly turned a new page — releasing ambitious new plans to reach net-zero carbon emissions and embrace clean energy. The most recent wave of announcements includes longtime fossil fuel giants such as Duke Energy, Dominion, DTE, and Southern Company.
From increasing public transit options and reducing the use of gas-powered vehicles, to transitioning their buildings to 100% clean electricity, climate-forward U.S. cities are showing how local leadership can drive progress against the climate crisis. Through the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, 25 of the largest cities are gaining resources and support to further their ambitious solutions to fight climate change.
Now, the 25 winning cities and their institutional partners are releasing a new Climate Action Playbook to help spread their successes to other cities across the U.S. and the world.
“Cities are vital leaders in the global climate fight…
September 2019 was one of the biggest months for the climate movement in history. It saw the UN Climate Action Summit, where world leaders came together to share solutions to the crisis. It saw a historic level of American public interest in the climate crisis, with Google searches of “climate change” spiking to unprecedented levels. And it saw 4 million people worldwide participate in demonstrations calling for a clean energy future at the Global Youth Climate Strikes.
But the momentum won’t stop with September. The groundswell of people across the United States rising up to demand action against the…
Public-Private Collaboration Drives EV Adoption
In the U.S., transportation is our leading source of greenhouse gas emissions — emitting more GHGs than the power sector, more than the industrial sector, and more than the agricultural and residential sectors combined. That’s because Americans drive a lot: in 2018, we drove more than 3.2 trillion vehicle miles as a nation. And over 90 percent of the fuel used for that transportation was fossil-based — in the form of either gasoline or diesel.
On Monday, world leaders from government, business, and civil society gathered in New York for the United Nations Climate Summit — a one-day convening aimed at spurring global progress beyond the Paris Agreement goals and renewing ambition in the fight against the climate crisis.
While the day brought passionate speeches from youth activists, new pledges from corporations to ramp up their climate action, and newly-announced sustainable investment commitments from some of the world’s leading financial institutions, the absence of U.S. leadership at the presidential level was palpable. President Trump was in attendance for a total of 14 minutes, and left…
Beyond Carbon has launched a five- part video series to elevate state, local, and grassroots climate leadership — elevating the voices that are keeping our country moving forward in the face of federal inaction on the climate crisis.
Anchored around MSNBC’s two-day presidential climate forum, our campaign is reinforcing the incredible climate progress that is occurring in the absence of federal action to combat the climate crisis. We’re shining a light on real climate solutions and reminding voters and presidential candidates that we aren’t waiting for the next administration — we’re acting now.
“We aren’t waiting for the next administration…
Despite posing a severe risk to our climate, our economy, and our public health, some are still calling gas a “bridge fuel” — a temporary but necessary evil that can help the U.S. accelerate its transition away from coal. But fracked gas creates more carbon pollution than previously thought, and the threat of the climate crisis is growing in magnitude. It’s abundantly clear that gas has no place in our future energy mix. So, Beyond Carbon is fighting to stop the rush to gas — and move the country to a 100% clean energy economy.
by Brynne Craig, Beyond Carbon Campaign Manager
At CNN’s Presidential Climate Forum on Wednesday we heard from ten 2020 hopefuls about their plans to tackle the climate crisis. We heard about bold plans to build a clean energy economy and position the U.S. as a leader in the fight against the climate crisis. But science tells us that the unfortunate truth is we can’t afford to wait until there is a new occupant in the White House in 2021 to take necessary action. While progress is stalled at the federal level, cities and states are already combatting the climate crisis…
Spearheaded by @MikeBloomberg, Beyond Carbon is the largest coordinated campaign to tackle the climate crisis ever undertaken in the United States.