Green For All’s #FuelChange campaign is mobilizing people and resources across the country to keep people safe during the COVID-19 crisis, fight climate change, and improve health. We are focused on a safe, smart reopening of public transit and bringing zero-emission electric cars, trucks, and buses to underserved neighborhoods.
Transportation lies at the intersection of the twin pandemics of structural racism and COVID-19. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by transportation sector emissions and underserved by public transit, and people of color are more likely to be at-risk of COVID-19 while using public transit to get to work and live their lives.
Transportation is now the number one source of carbon emissions in the U.S. and a key contributor to climate change.
A history of discriminatory land use planning left communities of color underserved by public transit and more likely to live near busy roads, freeways and highways, ports, airports, and other major sources of tailpipe emissions. Emissions from diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles contribute to asthma, allergies, cancers, cardiovascular disease, heart attacks and hospitalization, problems focusing, lower IQ and test scores, and even premature death. There are now more premature deaths from transportation-related pollution than traffic-related accidents.
All of this is worse in the middle of a respiratory pandemic. Not only do these transportation inequities leave us more at-risk, people of color disproportionately rely on public transit to get to school, work, and to live our lives. There are worrying signs that transit agencies are not consistently implementing CDC recommendations for social distancing and PPE – leaving transit workers and riders to fear for their safety. Combined with the funding challenges from a global recession, the result could set back badly needed investments in clean, affordable public transit for years to come.
What we’re doing about it?
- We are raising awareness of the threat to communities of color and to public transit from COVID-19, and lifting up specific policy recommendations that transit agencies and federal actors can implement to ensure the health and safety of riders and workers while ensuring reliable, affordable, and equitable service now and into the future.
- We use music, art, & education to reach impacted communities who’ve traditionally been left out of the climate conversation and give them a platform to tell their story of how transportation pollution is impacting their lives. Watch our music video and learn about our art contest.
- We develop local leaders to take action in their own neighborhoods and give them the tools and resources to make change happen where they live. Download our Toolkit to bring electric school buses to your community.
- And we advocate for public funding, private financing, and climate and transportation policy that builds a better transportation future for all. Learn about our work on electric school buses and join our efforts to mobilize billions of dollars to build a clean, modern transportation system in the Northeast & Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.