Let’s eliminate toxics and pollution
The communities most polluted and harmed by the climate crisis must be co-authors and architects of solutions to the climate crisis.
The majority of highly polluting industrial facilities in California do not have health and safety buffer zones around them and are not held responsible for the public health risks they pose to surrounding communities, and due to poor land use planning decisions and racism, most are sited in communities of color. As the most populous state California also faces severe challenges around waste management and recycling, especially in recent years.
To eliminate toxics and pollution, we must close and remediate oil and gas wells, establish minimum health and safety buffer zones, improve oversight and accountability from state and local departments and agencies, and ensure waste management policy prioritizes source reduction.