As 2019 comes to an end, we wish you time to celebrate with family and friends, and enjoy nature and life. Appreciating all we have, let’s think about how we can commit to doing more to fight the climate crisis and help people and the planet in 2020.
350 Bay Area Action focuses on state climate legislation and electing stronger climate champions. 2020 is an absolutely critical year for increasing our efforts. In January, when the California Legislature reconvenes, they’ll be voting on two key bills that failed to pass in the final days of this session:
- (SB54) to Ban Single Use Plastics and,
- (AB 345) to Restrict Oil & Gas locations, and protect schools, health clinics and homes from Big Oil & Gas expanding their operations too close by.
These two bills are a critical step in eliminating oil and gas operations in California and improving people’s health in many low-income, communities of color.
We’ve been busy pushing for EV trucks –diesel trucks emit terrible air and climate pollution especially along freight corridors and our ports! We sent letters to lawmakers, circulated petitions, tweeted and posted on our new Facebook page. We joined 100+ environmental & justice advocates in Sacramento last week to push the California Air Resources Board to require 15% Zero Emissions Trucks on the road by 2030. At the end of the hearing, CARB members urged staff to strengthen the target but there’s still more work to do. Learn about the campaign here.
Our all-volunteer legislative cmt. brainstormed ways to have a bigger impact in 2020. We decided to focus on a few CRITICAL bills and get a LOT more people and groups to take action. Big oil and business as usual thinking have way too much power in Sacramento. We’ll focus on bills to restrict plastics oil & gas locations in January. By February we will have an idea of other key bills for 2020.
STAY TUNED for how you can take action on climate justice legislation in 2020! Election work is coming soon too! Enjoy the holidays! Be energized for 2020.
Thanks for all you do,
Clair and Kathy
Co-chairs, Legislative Cmt
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