Transportation is a growing source of pollution in our communities and across the planet. It’s the biggest contributor to global warming, and it’s responsible for almost 1,000 deaths annually in the Twin Cities alone.
Minnesota has worked hard to combat air pollution, but some communities along transit corridors still suffer unacceptable levels of asthma and heart disease, and we haven’t been on track to reach our state mandated greenhouse gas reduction goals. To get there, our state and local governments need lead the transition to clean, equitable and sustainable transportation for all.
Fortunately, we already have the technology that can get us to a clean energy economy. Zero-emission options are already available to fill almost all of our needs for cars, buses, and trucks. We can invest in these technologies and save money on gasoline by relying on efficient clean energy. The potential health and climate benefits are enormous.
MN350 is a leading member of the Coalition for Clean Transportation. Launched in 2018, the Coalition is committed to the belief that climate action requires advancing proactive solutions and industry-wide shifts towards cleaner, healthier alternatives. We’re organizing everyday Minnesotans and communities for clean air, a stable climate, and a just economic transition from our dirty fuel economy.
We’re working to get Minnesota on a more sustainable transportation path. With bus riders united, we successfully lobbied Metro Transit in the Twin Cities to purchase zero-emission buses. Other government agencies are planning fleet transitions, as well. In our work with Transportation Forward Coalition, we’re building out cleaner transportation systems throughout the state, including expanding and improving public transit, and investing resources into bike and walk infrastructure.
We’re also working statewide to get Minnesota ready for clean personal cars, to save ordinary folks money on fuel, stop pollution, and combat climate change for future generations.
If you’re interested in learning more about our work, email organizer Noa Shavit-Lonstein.