The equation is simple: If we want clean air and a healthy climate, we have to cut greenhouse gas pollution. The Clean Air Act is our current best hope to reach this goal in the United States. But the Act is under significant attack from the fossil fuel industry and its allies in Congress.

That's why the Center for Biological Diversity's Climate Law Institute has launched “Clean Air Cities,” a nationwide campaign urging cities around the United States to call on the Obama administration and the EPA to use the Clean Air Act to make significant reductions in greenhouse gas pollution.

Clean Air Cities interactive map: click on a city for more information.

Or check out a full list of cities, with links to their resolutions.

It's clear that climate change is here now and already having a profound effect on the places we live, the natural resources we depend on and the species that provide rich biodiversity around the planet. We need to take significant steps now to curb greenhouse gas pollution and avoid the worst effects of runaway global climate change.

Cities across the country can be a powerful voice for prompting action in Washington. That's why the Center is calling on volunteers from coast to coast to urge their local elected officials to pass resolutions in support of the EPA using the Clean Air Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million — the level scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change. So far, we've earned resolutions from a whopping 83 communities: Albany, Ithaca, Buffalo, Red Hook and Yonkers, N.Y.; New Haven, Bloomfield and Hartford, Conn.; Berkeley, Santa Monica, Arcata, Oxnard, Santa Cruz, Richmond, Culver City, San Francisco, San Leandro, Fairfax, West Hollywood, Oakland, Albany, San José and Los Angeles, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Nashville, Tenn; Kauai and Honolulu, Hawaii; New Hope Borough, Carlisle, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pa.; Tucson, Ariz.; Boone and Chapel Hill, N.C.; Minneapolis, Minn.; Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.; Newton, Cambridge, Amherst, Newburyport, Northampton, Concord, Great Barrington and Williamstown, Mass.; Cincinnati and Oberlin, Ohio; Keene, N.H.; Santa Fe, N.M.; Arlington County, Falls Church and Charlottesville, Va.; Kansas City, Mo.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Miami, South Miami, Pinecrest, Tampa, Hallandale Beach, Gulfport, Broward County, Monroe County, St. Petersburg, Key West and West Palm Beach, Fla.; Chicago, Ill.; Teton County, Wyo.; Eugene and Porland, Ore.; Boulder, Colo.; Brattleboro, Burlington and Putney, Vt.; Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich.; Wilmington, Del.; Providence, R.I.; Gary, Ind.; Hoboken and Woodbridge, N.J.; Portland, Maine; Baltimore, Md.; and Washington, D.C. Meanwhile, other cities are moving forward in the resolution process.

The Center is providing all the materials needed, including a sample city resolution (in PDF or Word format) and supporting documents. There's also an online community through our Facebook page, where you can provide updates, ask questions and get support from other volunteers. We can connect you with others in your community and support you every step of the way.

Interested? We hope so.

You can also check out a profile of a former nun who got the resolution passed in her hometown of Oxnard, Calif., and see what The Salt Lake Tribune editorial board is saying about our campaign.

Please contact Climate Campaign Director Rose Braz at or (415) 436-9682 x 319.



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