Our Programs

Global Warming Solutions

Goal: To give our children and grandchildren a safer, healthier future by going fossil fuel free, promoting carbon-free transportation, reducing power plant pollution and more.
A greener, healthier world requires each of us to do all we can to eliminate the pollution and practices that are warming the planet and changing our climate. Environment Connecticut takes concrete steps to move us closer to the world we want to live in, from promoting the fossil fuel divestment movement to accelerating the transition to cars that don’t pollute.
  • <h4>CLEAN CAR COMMUNITIES</h4><h5>We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. Our Clean Car Communities campaign is urging local and state officials to pave the way. </h5>
  • <h4>REGIONAL CLIMATE ACTION</h4><h5>In the absence of leadership from Washington, D.C., local action is critical. That’s why the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of. </h5>
  • <h4>ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE: OUR CLIMATE</h4><h5>The Trump administration has moved to dismantle federal limits on global warming pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. We’re defending these protections.</h5>
Solutions to global warming

To promote global warming solutions, Environment Connecticut, along with our affiliates in 29 states, and members and activists in all 50 states are running these projects and campaigns:

Clean Car Communities: We also need to change what we drive. We’re calling for all new cars and trucks to be electric by 2035. We know our leaders in Washington, D.C., are going the wrong way on this issue, so our Clean Car Communities campaign is urging local and state officials to point the way forward.

Regional Climate Action: We also must reduce and ultimately eliminate carbon pollution from power plants. Especially given the absence of leadership from Washington, D.C., the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative might be the most important climate program you’ve never heard of.

Environmental Defense: Our Climate: The Trump administration has moved to dismantle protections that limit global warming pollution from power plants, cars and trucks, and other sources. We’re working to defend and strengthen these climate protections.

Our staff rallied support to help win the Clean Power Plan. Now, we are working to defend it.
Our approach

Each Environment Connecticut campaign and project aims to protect our planet and our children from global warming a unique way. But they all share a common approach. Each campaign strives to:

Put the environment first. Global warming is an enormous threat. But it’s just one symptom of our unhealthy relationship to our environment. To meet the climate challenge, we must put the environment first. Through our research and public education, we’re working to shift more hearts and minds over to this point of view.

Take a strategic approach. We must think big and act boldly, but we recognize that progress comes one step at a time. Our focus is on making a difference in public policy and in our lives and our environment, not just making a statement.

Build on what works. We’ve won policies, actions and decisions that have resulted in reduced carbon pollution across the country. We know which policies work, how they can be improved, and what it takes to win their approval. As always, we’re also open to new ideas that work even better.

Work together. We work to unite people from all across the political spectrum around action on global warming, whether it’s drivers who want to go electric or small business owners who can benefit from smart climate action programs. Environment Connecticut advocates in the state build coalitions that include doctors and nurses, religious leaders and educators, and people from all walks of life. Our organizers and canvassers engage hundreds of thousands of people. As a part of a national federation, our advocates in Washington, D.C., lobby members of Congress from both parties. 

Don't let the EPA put the brakes on clean cars

Shifting to electric cars is a big move in the right direction, one that will slow global warming and bring cleaner air to our communities for all of us to breathe. If EPA Acting Administrator Wheeler is successful in rolling back clean car standards, it will mean the cars we drive tomorrow will burn more gas, trigger more asthma attacks, and accelerate climate change.

Tell the EPA that you oppose any efforts to weaken national fuel efficiency and emission standards for cars.