Coal, oil, and gas predominated the 20th century as sources of fuel, and allowed human productivity to increase exponentially. But this came with a high price. Extraction, burning, and storage of toxic wastes that are byproducts of these processes are destroying our planet. Most often, they take place near rural communities or people of color, without regard to impacts on health or quality of life. A just transition away from fossil fuels is not one of convenience, but one of moral and ecological necessity.
Resources listed below are intended to highlight work that is being done across the country to:
- Prevent harm to communities and our environment from polluting energy systems (such as coal-fired or nuclear power plants); extractive industries (coal, oil and natural gas); and waste disposed from both energy systems and extractive industries.
- Overcome barriers that prevent us from transitioning to clean, safe, renewable energy sources and creating jobs in areas where they are most needed.
- Ensure that all have access to clean, safe, renewable energy, regardless of income, race or ethnicity, or geographic location.
Please visit the following pages for resources: