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The Fossil Fuel Free Pledge Accelerates Climate Action

The initiative launched by leading climate organizations in San Diego cuts off the fossil fuel industry’s anti-climate influence.

The Fossil Fuel Free Pledge 

"We pledge to not take any money from the oil, gas, investor-owned utilities and coal industries, including political action committee contributions, and we pledge to always prioritize the interests of equity, human health, our community, workers and the environment over interests of the fossil fuel and investor-owned utility profits."

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About the Pledge

This initiative provides transparency to the community about which organizations and elected officials have pledged not to accept fossil fuel money as part of their commitment to a healthy, equitable, ethical, just transition and sustainable world.

The climate crisis is here and not only have we seen the worst environmental impacts of the climate crisis but communities of concern are experiencing negative and long-lasting health impacts as a result.

We have witnessed how fossil fuel money given to elected officials and nonprofit organizations has eroded bold climate action for the sake of shareholder profits. This needs to stop. We need leaders and organizations to reject fossil fuel money, be held accountable and commit to real climate leadership.

How to Pledge

If your organization or if you are an elected official that would like to take the pledge, please fill in the sign-up form below to indicate interest and we will email you with confirmation and next steps.

Pledge List

"Air pollution from fossil fuels causes the premature deaths of 1 in 5 people worldwide.  Fossil fuels emit toxic chemicals, heavy metals, smog and pollution that poison the air our children breathe, the water they drink, harm nearly every cell in the body, trigger asthma and heart attacks and lead to strokes, cancer, diabetes, lung, heart and brain illnesses and neuroinflammation that causes cognitive decline and diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.  Our children’s health, ability to learn, and thrive depend on a fossil-free future. Fossil fuel pollution ended the lives of over 8 million people in 2018, according to Harvard University, University of Birmingham, University Leicester and University College London. Studies directly link premature deaths from particulate pollution to fossil fuel combustion. Fossil fuels emit toxic pollution and climate warming Greenhouse gases and directly threaten public health, education, equity, racial, social, climate and environmental justice, ecosystems, oceans, rivers, forests, wildlife, birds, pollinators, soil, crops, food, water and geopolitical security.  Our children need us to do everything in our power to ensure that we have a fossil-free future.  All children need clean air to breathe, safe water to drink, access to parks, green spaces and public lands free of toxic chemicals, heavy metals, smog, Greenhouse gases and pollution. The actions we take today affect the health and welfare of our children and their future. Please join us at to work for a healthier world."


"This pledge is important for my grandchildren's quality of life."

San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition

"In the sea, on land, and in the air, humanity is strangling our planet in a climate disaster actively aggravated by deforestation, pollution, and species destruction.  As the co-founder and former president of San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action, coordinator and consultant to the ReWild Mission Bay campaign through the San Diego Audubon Society, a former Surfrider San Diego and Oregon Wild communications chair, the founder and host of the Treehuggers International radio program, and an active environmental and conservation advocate throughout my personal and professional life, I'm ardently opposed to the influence of fossil fuel conglomerates in thwarting effective climate, renewable energy, and conservation policies, and I reject those companies' undue and considerable influence in all levels of government."

San Diego City Council District 6 Candidate Tommy Hough

"As we finally transition to a greener future, it’s essential that we as elected officials show our commitment by taking the fossil free pledge."

Carlsbad Council Member Priya Bhat-Patel

"Our Mission is to protect and enhance the natural environment throughout San Diego. Fossil fuel extraction does not protect or enhance our natural environment."

Environmental Center of San Diego

“We want to lead by example and send a message to fossil fuel companies who think they can buy their way into continuing to pollute our environment.”

San Diego Coast Keeper

“The pollution and GHG emissions from fossil fuels pose a direct threat to our ocean, waves and beaches in San Diego County.”

Surfrider Foundation San Diego

“The fossil fuel industry has used its wealth and political power to mislead the public and stymie climate action and climate justice for over six decades. By signing this pledge, organizations and candidates are putting their money where their mouth is and showing the community that they are part of the solution – not part of the problem.”


“The Fossil Fuel Free Pledge campaign sheds light on what nonprofit organizations and elected officials truly stand for and believe in. This pledge also gives the public, voters, donors and philanthropists a greater sense of security knowing that the nonprofits and elected officials they choose to support do not stand behind greenwashing and won’t be compromised by a fossil fuel agenda that erodes climate action.” 

Hammond Climate Solutions

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