Groundswell: CLCV Blog

Mar 20, 2019

In January, Governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State speech and one of the most appalling statistics stuck out: nearly 1 million people in California lack access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.

What's more, roughly 300 California public water systems serving communities and schools are currently out of compliance with drinking water standards.

This is a crisis, and we can take action today to fix it. Water is a human right.

Mar 18, 2019

While the Trump administration is focused on rolling back environmental protections, California lawmakers are leading the resistance with a bill that would provide legal protections for our progress.

Managing CLCV’s legislative program here in Sacramento gives me a first-hand seat to see just how important these efforts are.

Mar 13, 2019

With over 300 endangered species in California alone, it’s vital that we protect our state’s most vulnerable animals and plants and take action now.

Mar 4, 2019

The House could make history this week by passing historic protections that we haven’t seen since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The For The People Act (HR 1) makes participating in democracy easier by lowering barriers for frontline communities impacted most by the climate chaos of our time.

This crucial package of reforms would:

→ Make Election Day a federal holiday
→ Implement automatic and same-day voter registration

Feb 28, 2019

Nourbese Flint, Policy Director of Black Women for Wellness, speaks about the Green New Deal, the power of Sci-Fi, and why Black History and Women’s History matters for the environmental movement.

Feb 12, 2019

The Green New Deal represents a transformative opportunity for California and the nation.

The excitement generated from Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s vision is resonating throughout our politics. Activists, voters, and even presidential candidates -- like Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren, who recently declared their support for the Green New Deal -- are taking note.

The current Green New Deal resolution:

Feb 8, 2019

A few weeks ago, I proudly joined the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV) because I fundamentally believe economic, racial, and social justice are inextricably tied to climate justice. Tackling climate justice while centering marginalized voices, especially Black people, to the forefront of the movement serves as a huge opportunity to bring proven solutions to addressing the root problems of our society.

This month, CLCV proudly commemorates Black History Month.

Feb 5, 2019

This past week marks the 50th anniversary of the disasterous 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. Our CEO Mary Creasman penned an op-ed in Sunday's Sacramento Bee calling our elected leaders into action to end oil drilling and prove we've learned our lesson from this tragic event: 

Jan 30, 2019

On Sunday, January 27th,The Mercury News published our CEO Mary Creasman's analysis regarding the Trump administration and Big Oil's alarming advancement of their offshore drilling plan during the government shutdown:

"Hundreds of thousands of federal workers were forced to go without paychecks while the bills piled up. (How long could you go without a paycheck?) Our national parks suffered what could be permanent damage. Public health protections and safeguards against pollution were put on hold.

Jan 18, 2019

The #TrumpShutdown is the latest attempt to force construction of an unjust and environmentally damaging border wall. 2019 is going to be pivotal year in the resistance.

With new congressional leadership from California in Washington D.C. and increased attacks on our future, we need your help to get ready.

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2018 California Environmental Scorecard

New for the 2018 legislative session: The 45th annual California Environmental Scorecard rates elected officials on 2018, another successful year for the environment in spite of heavy opposition from polluting industry.

Find out how your legislators did in 2018 in CLCV's California Environmental Scorecard.