Air & Climate Justice
Despite California’s reputation as a leader on climate and environmental issues, Los Angeles is home to some of the worst air pollution in the country. The region routinely fails to meet federal air quality standards, and suffers from high levels of ozone pollution and smog. Los Angeles is also home to widespread urban oil drilling, which drives air pollution and global climate change, while harming the health of local residents. Air pollution is linked to higher rates of asthma, respiratory problems, and cancer risk. In particular, low-income communities and communities of color are more likely to live in close proximity to the facilities that pollute the air and warm the planet, and experience worse health outcomes as a result of these exposures.
PSR-LA’s Air & Climate Justice program works to protect vulnerable communities by reducing emissions that harm human health and hasten global climate change. This includes advocating for direct emission reductions at both regional and state levels, working to end oil drilling in Los Angeles, and ensuring that we transition to an economy that is fueled by clean, renewable energy and that provides economic benefits to all communities without harming health.
LEAP-LA is a coalition of grassroots environmental and climate justice organizations representing some of the neighborhoods most heavily impacted by environmental racism and most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
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