On May 10, 2011, more than 53 advocates from 27 organizations joined CLCV Education Fund in the annual Green California Advocacy Day, where we descended on the Capitol in Sacramento to communicate the environmental community’s most pressing priorities directly with legislators and their staffs.
With one voice, advocates sought to educate Senators, Assemblymembers and their staffs on issues ranging from public health and natural resource protections to environmental justice in low-income communities and encouraged ways to promote efficiency, innovation and collaboration with business, labor and community groups. We urged elected officials not to use vital environmental protections as a bargaining chip in closed-door budget negotiations and that they resist the myth that economic growth and prosperity can not be achieved without sacrificing a clean, healthy environment.
At the reception, Green California honored Environmental Champions in the legislature including Senators Ellen Corbett, Mark Leno, Fran Pavley and Joe Simitian as well as Assemblymembers Julia Brownley, Mike Feuer and Jared Huffman and were joined by many other elected and appointed officials to celebrate our efforts. Together, we must use the momentum from Advocacy Day to propel a pro-environment and public health agenda forward in 2011 and beyond.
View photos from Advocacy Day 2011 on Flickr.