Communities for a Better Environment

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Mission Statement

The mission of CBE is to build people’s power in California’s communities of color and low income neighborhoods to achieve environmental health and justice by preventing and reducing pollution, and building green, healthy and sustainable communities and environments.

Description

Communities for a Better Environment (CBE) was born out of that wave of activism, with beginnings in Chicago during the 1970s and a launch in California in 1978. CBE focuses its work where conventional policies of profits-before-people do the most harm—in poor communities and neighborhoods where people of color are the majority.  That’s where you’ll find concentrations of pollution sources—oil refineries, power plants, chrome plating facilities and lead smelters, and other polluters right next to schools, senior centers and homes. Research, such as the “Minding the Climate Gap” report, shows the correlation between color, income levels and pollution.
More pollution leads to more cases of asthma, heart disease, cancer, and more premature deaths, birth defects and neo-natal problems.  And local pollution sources contribute to an international threat as well—the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global climate change, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being.
CBE provides residents in blighted and heavily polluted urban communities in California with organizing skills, leadership training and legal, scientific and technical assistance, so that they can successfully confront threats to their health and well-being.

Program Details

For information on our Northern California programs, issues, and initiatives, please visit: http://www.cbecal.org/organizing/northern-california/
For information on our Southern California programs, issues, and initiatives, please visit: http://www.cbecal.org/organizing/southern-california/
For information on our National and Statewide programs, issues, and initiatives, please visit: http://www.cbecal.org/organizing/national-statewide-campaigns/
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Address
6325 Pacific Blvd., Ste#300
Huntington Park, CA 90255
United States
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