What We Do

Ruben Martinez shows his approval of the San Antonio City Council’s decision to declare its support for the principles of the Paris climate agreement.

Climate Action SA helps community groups coordinate their campaigns for climate justice and assists San Antonio residents advocating for a city built on the principles of equity and democracy. We formed out of a rapid response to Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would pull out of the international Paris agreement on climate change. This surge of activism ensured San Antonio would join hundreds of other cities in committing to collectively pursuing the values and goals of the agreement in spite of misguided efforts by our federal government.

Within a couple weeks, San Antonio had not only passed a Resolution for the Paris Agreement but committed $500,000 to the development of a plan to slash our greenhouse emissions and prepare our communities to better navigate the increasingly violent weather being driven by human-caused warming.

San Antonio City Council passed a climate plan in October of 2019 (See: “10-1: San Antonio Council Embraces Climate Action“), with strong equity language and climate pollution reductions mandated for 2030, 2040, and 2050. The challenge now is to force a resistant City-owned utility to shut down their last coal plant and make sure the values and goals expressed the CAAP reach implementation in a way that prioritizes the needs of those families who are “least culpable, but most vulnerable” to extreme climate disruption and intersecting structural injustices.

Read more about our work below.

June 08, 2017<
Paris Agreement Supporters Call on Mayor Taylor at City Hall

June 22, 2017
Council approves resolution on Paris climate accord

June 27, 2017
CPS Energy Grants UTSA $500,000 for Local Climate Research

September 7, 2017
Report finds CPS Energy’s newest coal plant losing money

September 22, 2017
Express-News Editorial Board: CPS Energy’s coal conundrum

October 9, 2017
San Antonio Climate Action Plan: Where We’re At & What’s To Come

February 24, 2018
Town Hall Draws ‘Climate Champions’ With Aims of Greater Inclusion

March 19, 2018
More Hot Air For CPS’s New Energy Plan