Our Mission

To improve climate, health and equality by accelerating the switch from gasoline vehicles to clean, zero-emission alternatives. Our goal is to end the gasoline era by spurring adoption of clean vehicles and phasing out sales of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030.

 

Methods

Policy: We are pursuing state policy to phase out gasoline and diesel vehicles, and require that all new vehicles sold starting in 2030 be clean, zero-emissions vehicles. We are currently focusing on California and Washington. Phasing out gas vehicles in those states will blaze the path for other states and the entire country to transition to clean vehicles.

We are spearheading a new and powerful coalition called Yes Clean Cars, and leading the campaign to accelerate the transition away from gas vehicles towards cleaner alternatives.

Culture:  Coltura is changing the cultural meaning of gasoline and leading the no-gasoline movement.  

Art opens new pathways for people to see gasoline in a fresh light.  We use the arts to foster intolerance of gasoline's adverse effects on health, climate and equality and mobilize opposition to gasoline and demand for a new, clean standard. 

Why Gasoline?

Stopping gasoline use is the most effective way to address air pollution and climate change.

Emissions from gasoline vehicles are the single largest contributor to air pollution in the US, causing 58,000 premature deaths per year. Risks are highest for disadvantaged communities of color, children and those living near busy roads or commuting in traffic.

The transportation sector is also the single biggest source of carbon emissions in the US, accounting for 32% of our carbon footprint.

Americans spend billions of dollars per year on gasoline to power their vehicles, much of which goes to OPEC countries instead of into our own economy.

Although the adverse health, climate and economic impacts from gasoline are enormous and there are now viable alternatives, 99% of vehicles in the U.S. are gas-powered.  Stopping gasoline use will improve our health and climate, reduce our dependency on foreign oil, result in savings particularly for disadvantaged families, and boost the American economy and create jobs.

Why Phase-Outs?

 

Phasing out gasoline vehicles is a concept that the public can understand, and aims squarely at the desired end result.

Phase-out policy provides certainty that all actors can make decisions around.  Moving to clean alternatives such as electric vehicles requires substantial long-term investors from governments, property owners, automakers, and others.  Without the certainty of a phaseout, no one can be sure if or when gasoline will be supplanted, and this uncertainty slows investment and encourages further investment in the oil industry.

Also, phaseouts are an emerging international standard. Most of Western Europe and India are already on record in favor of phaseouts, and China expected to announce one shortly. As transportation increases as a percentage of CO2 emissions, phaseouts are seen as a main way to radically reduce emissions in this area. Jurisdictions that don’t keep up with this standard are likely to be left behind.

Why Coltura?

Coltura was the first organization to call out gasoline consumption as undesirable and anti-social -- a bad habit that people concerned about health and climate change should avoid.

Coltura’s unique focus on changing the cultural acceptability of gasoline through art, social media and grassroots political action is starting new conversations, impacting hearts and minds, and galvanizing support for policies to end gasoline use. 

Coltura's name is a mashup of CO2 and culture, and reflects its desire to conjure a cultural movement away from gasoline.