Frontline communities bear the brunt of health, economic and ecological impacts as a result of climate change. Let's demand climate justice!
What we are doing
We are engaging with allies and communities most impacted by the hardships of a changing climate. Together we strive to ensure a regenerative economy with full access to renewable energy, clean air and water, valued jobs and healthy living environments.
Building a Fossil-Free Future
Beyond Toxics is a member of Fossil Free Eugene and Lane County, a coalition of grassroots organizations and community members calling on the City of Eugene to follow through with the climate goals that it set for itself and lead a just transition away from fossil fuels for all of its residents. Learn more
Read the Beyond Toxics Report, Seeing is Believing: Visualizing Indoor Air Pollution from Gas Stoves (PDF)
VICTORY! Eugene City Council Advances Policy to Transition New Construction to All-Electric, Sets Ambitious Targets for Decarbonizing Existing Buildings (Read the Press Release)
In Defense of the Climate Protection Program
In December 2021, Oregon took one of its biggest steps ever toward reducing climate pollution and delivering a stable climate for the future. Last fall, a consortium of fossil fuel and industrial polluter corporations filed a lawsuit to kill this precedent-setting climate action program! On September 7, 2022, a coalition of environmental justice, climate, and business organizations filed a legal intervention to defend Oregon’s landmark Climate Protection Program against attempted oil and gas industry rollbacks. Learn more
Read the September 7th, 2022 Press Release (PDF)
CPP Defense Coalition Motion To Intervene (PDF)
Read the January 12th, 2023 Press Release (PDF)
Lane Climate Equity and Resilience Task Force
VICTORY! The Lane County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the Community Climate Resilience Plan!
For the past two years, we worked with the Lane County Climate Equity & Resilience Task Force to bring local communities into the planning process of the Lane County Community Climate Resilience Plan. On Tuesday, Dec. 13th the Board of Commissioners officially voted “YES” to adopt the plan! We are excited about the HUGE advancement Lane County made on climate resilience!
Beyond Toxics joined with NAACP to coordinate public participation in this new initiative in Lane County, Oregon. Supporting Partners: Lane County Public Works Department and GEOS Institute. Learn more
Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
The first Environmental Justice Pathways Summit at the University of Oregon was originally scheduled for April of 2020. We made the decision to postpone the EJP Summit to Spring of 2021. To help our community members stay engaged in the movement to achieve environmental justice, we developed the EJP Webinar Series, focusing on the Historical Intersections of Race, Economy, and Environment in Oregon. These webinars prioritized the most pressing Environmental Justice concerns impacting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Native American communities, and Latinx communities in Oregon. The webinar series also highlighted ways to engage and collaborate on solutions to Oregon’s environmental justice issues. Learn more
ALSO: Read "Organizing for Environmental Justice" by Haley Case-Scott, former Climate Justice Grassroots Organizer and Environmental Justice Pathways Webinar Coordinator
The latest report from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), "Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability" says that if we do not act ASAP, the adverse effects of climate change will happen faster than we or other species can adapt and states that nations are not doing enough to stem pollution let alone to adapt to what science shows is coming.
Oregon Just Transition Alliance
We have partnered with OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, Pineros y Campesinos el Noroeste (PCUN), Rural Organizing Project, and Unite Oregon to form this coalition. Learn more
all of us together, to demand changes.”