Clean Energy and Climate Justice

The way we currently produce and use energy in the U.S. significantly contributes to the climate crisis and pollutes our water, air and communities. It also disproportionately harms low-income communities and communities of color.  Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund are working to advance solutions that reduce pollution in Massachusetts and make a clean energy future available to all. This includes:

  • Growing the green economy--including solar energy, energy efficiency and affordable public transit--and making it accessible to all communities;
  • Fighting for a just transition to clean energy while opposing systemic environmental injustices and expansion of polluting fossil fuels;
  • Advancing climate resilience projects such as community-controlled clean energy microgrids that help us keep the lights on and stay connected in extreme weather;
  • Ensuring a voice for marginalized communities during policy-making that affects them;
  • Fighting for a just price on carbon, which will create good jobs, help low-income households, and generate funding to invest at the community level in the transition away from fossil fuels.

Green Justice Coalition

Clean Water Action has served since 2008 on the Steering Committee of the Green Justice Coalition (GJC), a partnership between labor and grassroots justice groups across Massachusetts, convened by our good friends at Community Labor United.  Over the years, GJC has won a string of victories by growing the collective people power of community-based organizations, organized labor and environmental justice groups.

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Solar Energy for All

Clean energy belongs to us all, but unequal access to resources like solar, a key part of our renewable energy future, show us we have a long way to go. Clean Water Action is fighting to ensure all communities have access to renewable power and the green economy.

From We All Live Downstream

Massachusetts Youth Climate Strike
March 19, 2021

In a saga that has been playing out since the close of 2020, this week, both chambers of the Massachusetts legislature passed the Next-Generation Roadmap Climate bill with its vital environmental justice reforms intact! Thank you to Clean Water's members and allies for all the calls, letters, emails, and tweets that helped push our legislative leaders to stand firm. A particular shout out to our youngest members for speaking up for their generation who will be most impacted by our actions today to fight the climate crisis -- we all need to act urgently with YOUR future in mind.

Clean  Energy for All - watch the video
August 19, 2019

“The solutions don’t need to be removed from the community: given the right resources, given the right support, we can really build an economy based on renewable energy,” -- Maria Belén Power, GreenRoots

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June 12, 2019

Last week, Clean Water Action participated in the Joint Committee on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment Hearing at the State House.