Cities—which cover less than 2% of the planet’s land mass while producing more than 70% of global carbon emissions—are the future of climate advocacy.

As the majority of the world’s population moves into urban areas, the responsible growth and management of cities has become a key factor in creating a healthy, thriving environment for people around the world. 

Our SAFE Cities program is the natural evolution of more than twenty years’ experience successfully opposing oil and gas infrastructure projects. SAFE Cities helps municipal leaders enact real policies that reduce emissions now—including electrification mandates on new construction, prohibitions on new gas stations, and land use policies that prevent the buildout of major infrastructure like oil train terminals or refineries. Rather than reacting to each new pipeline, refinery expansion, or extraction project, members of the SAFE Cities program are changing the conditions that allow new fossil fuel projects to be proposed in the first place.

Beyond just having an impact at the local level, we’re seeing a “trickle-up” effect, where as more cities pass policies to phase out fossil fuels, the more pressure there is on states to act. We saw this happen with electrification policies in Washington state and California last year, and New York this year.

There’s never been a better time to take action against fossil fuels, and the SAFE Cities campaign is taking the fight to the industry – one city at a time.

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SAFE Cities Organizing Network

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

SAFE Cities Network for Local Government Leaders

The SAFE Cities Network for Elected Officials and Staff (NEOS) is a rapidly growing network of local elected officials, staffers, and volunteers on local government advisory boards in the U.S. and Canada.

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September 28, 2023

Climate Week NYC 2023 reflects the strength of the movement, the inevitability of fossil-fuel phase-out

September 21, 2023

New research shows impact of building-electrification policies on reducing housing emissions

September 20, 2023

No new oil & gas permits in California. Period.

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