Protection from fossil fuel infrastructure
Our climate and our communities can't afford any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Updates to local laws can stop everything from refineries to gas stations right in their tracks.
Fighting fossil fuel threats one at a time can feel like playing the world’s most exhausting and unfun game of whack-a-mole. One with no end in sight. If you’re in a community on the frontline of the fossil fuel industry you already know this well – no sooner have you defeated a massive coal terminal proposal when a tar sands pipeline pops up. Or you’re already fighting a refinery expansion when industry comes with brand new plans to build a giant, explosive LNG facility. The SAFE Cities movement wants to end all that by blocking fossil fuel infrastructure projects before they’re even proposed – it’s time to stop playing defense, and go on the offensive.
Our secret weapon? Zoning laws. Local government oftentimes has a significant amount of authority when it comes to deciding what can – or can’t – be built within its jurisdiction. Tweaks to these laws can permanently protect communities from new fossil fuel threats and allow people to focus on supporting a just transition instead of constantly fighting dangerous projects.