The California Environmental Justice League urges your support for the Governor’s 2021-22 proposed budget expenditure of $325 million for the Community Air Protection Program. These funds provide grants to community-based organizations, funding for local air districts, and incentives for cleaner vehicles and equipment to improve air quality in disadvantaged communities.

California has set ambitious goals for carbon emissions and renewable energy, but lower-income and ethnic communities are often overlooked. According to recent studies, African Americans and Latinos are exposed to 40 percent more particulate matter pollution than white Californians, and households earning less than $20,000 a year or those without vehicles suffer from 20 percent more particulate matter inhalation than the state average. Exposure to particulate matter is linked to heart and lung disease, asthma, and premature death.

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