Groundswell: CLCV Blog

Sep 10, 2015

California just made climate history once again. Late Friday night, California lawmakers took the final vote on a major climate change bill SB 350 – and it passed.

In other words, California just passed the boldest, farthest reaching climate change legislation in the nation. SB 350 passed thanks to the tremendous outpouring of grassroots support and activism.

Sep 10, 2015

Only a few hours remain until California lawmakers cast their final votes, but legislative leaders just announced they're removing an important component from one of our top-priority climate change bills, SB 350. While retaining many critical proposals that make SB 350 an aggressive climate change bill of historic proportions, the bill was stripped of its promise to cut California’s petroleum usage by 50% in the next 15 years, thanks to Big Oil's influence.

Sep 3, 2015

I am thrilled to share with you that the bill to ban the ivory trade and protect African elephants just passed the state Senate! I’m so grateful for the unprecedented outpouring of support from you and thousands of CLCV members like you who called, wrote, and even visited their elected representatives in the state Capitol to demand they stand up for elephants and stop the illegal ivory trade in California.

Sep 2, 2015

It’s nothing less than a revolution in California: More and more, residents are greening their energy sources, turning to solar and other renewable energy sources. Houses and small businesses in my neighborhood are increasingly equipped with shiny high-tech solar panels. It’s the present, the future, and it’s fantastic. However, most residents of low-income communities and communities of color are renters, making it a challenge for those families to fully benefit from the cost-savings and carbon reduction of on-site renewable energy.

Aug 31, 2015

I was in bad shape.

A few weeks back, I started having trouble breathing. Just allergies, I told myself. But as the days went on I started coughing, and I couldn’t stop. I was up all night coughing, and the next day was even worse. And the next day.

“Mommy just has a really bad cold.” My son Finn is 4 years old. Suzy is 2. The only ailment they understand is the common cold.

“I think I’m getting better,” I assured them. But I wasn’t getting better. On the fourth day of non-stop coughing I got the diagnosis.

Aug 7, 2015

On July 29, 2015, gunshots were reported in the Kenyan wilderness. The next morning, five adult elephants were found slaughtered; their tusks removed. A baby elephant, just seven months old, was found by local wildlife advocates the following day, alone and scared, but alive. Baby Losoito was the only one left alive by poachers after they massacred his entire family.

Jul 23, 2015

The recent release of an independent, state-funded study on fracking shows that our long-standing concerns about the risks are justified. This latest revelation comes on the heels of months of scandal involving oil companies and the state agencies that are supposed to regulate them but, by their own admission, have failed to protect Californians' health and safety.

Californians have heard a lot about fracking over the past few years. Our concerns have only grown into outrage as more evidence of its risks to our communities, our water, our health and safety has come to light.

Jul 17, 2015

Two major climate change bills (SB 350 and SB 32) won approval this week in the California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, and now both bills are heading to the Appropriations Committee – the final committee they'll need to win over before they're eligible for floor votes by the full Assembly.

Jun 2, 2015

On May 28, 2015, CLCV presented the Environmental Leadership Award to Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President for Environmental Initiatives and the former Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. California Air Resources Board Chairman Mary Nichols introduced Jackson, who could not be present due to a last-minute conflict.

Jun 1, 2015

The following remarks were made about and by CLCV Environmental Leadership Award recipient Annie Notthoff on May 28, 2015.

Tom Adams, former Chair of the Board, CLCV:

Annie Notthoff is Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's California Advocacy program in San Francisco and has been a member of the CLCV Board of Directors for more than 20 years. Annie has had a remarkable career as an environmental advocate.  She has been particularly effective in many areas, but first let’s look at her leadership on climate policy.


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