Posted on February 8, 2023
How Evergreen Action Is Leading the Fight for Bold Climate Action
Note from the CREDO team: This February, Evergreen Action is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will help Evergreen engage directly with federal and state officials to pass and implement ambitious climate policies to defeat the climate crisis and build a thriving, just, and inclusive clean energy future.
Read this important blog post from Evergreen Action’s Jamal Raad, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this February.
The climate crisis is both an extraordinary challenge and an enormous opportunity to create a better, more equitable future.
Almost three years ago, we launched Evergreen Action with a mission to create an all-out mobilization to defeat the climate crisis and accelerate the transition to a just and equitable economy run on 100 percent clean energy.
Since then, we have successfully influenced the national climate policy landscape in a big way by developing bold climate policy and pairing it with campaign-style communications, digital, and advocacy tactics. The Biden administration has adopted significant pieces of our Evergreen Action Plan, our climate roadmap, and we helped play a pivotal role in the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which represents the largest climate investments ever made in our nation’s history.
Our policy vision is guided by three North Stars on our mission to defeat the climate crisis: Raising standards, catalyzing investment, and centering justice.
- Raising Standards: A standard establishes the date by which the most polluting sectors of our economy must achieve 100 percent clean energy. We write bold, actionable roadmaps for policymakers that lay out stringent clean energy standards in places like the power sector to cut dangerous carbon pollution. For example: By achieving 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, we can not only meet President Biden’s climate commitments—we can also decarbonize our homes, our cars, and some parts of heavy industry. That’s, well, powerful.
- Catalyzing Investment: Investments in a clean energy economy will ensure we meet those standards and put people to work in good union jobs. The Inflation Reduction Act was a huge step towards transformative investments in a clean energy future, and we’re already seeing the positive effects of this law in communities around the country today—with tax credits for home electrification, rebates for electric vehicles, a booming renewable energy industry, and much more. We’re fighting for investments like these, which create good jobs with family-supporting wages and benefits, uplift communities, and concretely improve lives.
- Centering and Advancing Justice: Prioritizing justice in our standards and investments helps to counter our nation’s legacy of economic, environmental and racial injustice, and jumpstart opportunities for people who have been left behind. We advocate for policies that both decrease greenhouse gas pollution and directly counter long-standing environmental racism, recognizing that the climate crisis is inextricably linked with the systemic racism that allows polluters to disproportionately impact communities of color.
The passage of the IRA was huge, but not enough. In the months and years ahead, we will work to ensure the effective implementation of the IRA and push for additional executive and state action to fully meet our climate, economic, and environmental justice goals.
This is a deeply exciting time to be in the climate movement. We’re at an inflection point in the fight for a thriving and just clean energy future, but our work is far from over. Together and with your support, we will continue to create the blueprint for exactly how federal and state policymakers can create a better future through actionable, ambitious climate policies that meet the political moment and the scale of the crisis.
You can learn more about our work and our impact at EvergreenAction.com.