At its core, the SAFE Cities movement is about one principle – local communities Standing Against Fossil Fuel Expansion.

The refinery community of Whatcom County, Washington was tired of fighting fossil fuel project after fossil fuel project and decided to flip the script. Instead of having to oppose individual projects, they successfully changed their county’s zoning laws to block fossil fuel infrastructure from being allowed to be built in the first place.

This spark in the Pacific Northwest fed into a movement of local action against fossil fuels all across the globe. There are now more than 160 local jurisdictions that have passed policies to tackle the expansion of fossil fuels with more being introduced each month.

The SAFE Cities organizing network supports grassroots activists in building community power by sharing powerful online campaigning tools, organizing skill and leadership trainings, and a support system of like-minded people doing the same work.

Whether it’s zoning out new refineries and gas stations, electrifying buildings and bus fleets, or moving power generation to 100% renewable sources, SAFE Cities is transforming the narrative around the impact local communities can have when it comes to protecting the climate and people’s health from fossil fuels.

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