August 13, 2015

Our Five Fights

Climate change research and California law tell us we must cut carbon emissions in half by 2035 to stop the worst impacts of climate change. Our five main policy focus areas—our five fights—address the main local drivers of and solutions to climate change—shifting how we power our lives and move around our cities while improving individual and community quality of life, creating good-paying green jobs, and promoting social equity for our most impacted communities.

100% Clean Energy

Two-thirds of San Diego is powered by outdated, polluting fuels. We’re changing that in a big, 100% renewable way.

50% Transit, Walk, Bike

We want a world-class transportation system that provides better transit, walking and biking options. This will not only reduce our carbon footprint, but also improve our health, quality of life, and ability to compete in a 21st century economy.

35% Urban Trees

Our cities are heating up and the abundance of concrete and asphalt just makes it worse. Trees help cool things down, clean the air, and make our neighborhoods more beautiful.

0% Waste

Trash creates tons of methane– a potent greenhouse gas– when it decays in landfills. Our vision is to cut our region’s waste down to zero by 2040, by decreasing the amount of waste we produce, diverting unavoidable trash from landfills instead into recycling and composting, and capturing emissions from landfills and wastewater treatment processes.

Equity

CAC believes we need a world with 100% clean energy for all—where all communities have clean, healthy places to live, work, and play; all receive a fair share of the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of a clean energy future; and where we decentralize power and put control back in the hands of local communities.

Low-income, communities of color are on the front lines of the climate crisis and suffer the most from harmful pollution and environmental hazards. We work to reduce pollution at the source, power our future with 100% clean energy, and fight for programs and policies to ensure frontline communities are first in line to benefit from a clean energy economy.

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