Remember to Vote
We can’t afford to go backwards on climate commitments so make sure to vote in the recall election and remind your friends and family to do so. We can make climate action a reality only if we have political strength and backing. Policy makers may incrementally clear the way for change at the infrastructure level, but executive leadership still has a major role to play to retire and phase out fossil fuel infrastructure and build a circular economy. On many levels, the State of California isn’t prepared to withstand expected, compounded, and worst-case climate scenarios. Drought, fire, and sea level rise are real. Amplify your voice and vote!
The Sustaining Donor Drive Is on Now!
Unprecedented times call for increased support to battle the causes and effects of climate change. This is why we launched our first official sustaining monthly donor drive. Scale up your impact and donate here!
Prizes? Yes! While prizes last, anybody who becomes a monthly donor or increases their monthly donation could win a prize! To find out more, see our blog and Instagram. Thank you, Donors, for your generous support.
Climate Action Plan (CAP) Update
Sacramento County’s draft Climate Action Plan (CAP) was delayed to September. We’ll review the draft carefully and hope for the best but based on what we hear from County staff, it looks like Sacramento County will continue trying to avoid meaningful climate action. In a nutshell, the County’s intended CAP adoption process would:
- Avoid environmental review of the CAP, claiming the review was done ten years ago
- Avoid requirements to show evidence that the CAP will work
- Neutralize our ability to hold Sacramento County accountable under California greenhouse gas (GHG) requirements
- Present a baffling, self-contradictory public process that has no legal basis
- Present mitigation alternatives in a way that allows them to be ignored
The climate crisis is here now. Legal tricks won’t make it go away. For the CAP to address the crisis, Sacramento County needs to:
- Provide a full environmental analysis for the CAP
- Give the public a full range of alternatives before publishing its final draft of the CAP
- Take the County’s 2020 Climate Emergency Declaration seriously
Protest Demands CalEPA Clean Up Toxic Waste
On Monday, August 30 demonstrators gathered at the California EPA office to demand toxic waste cleanup at Santa Susana Field Lab and throughout the state. The action called attention to how CalEPA and Department of Toxic Substances Control are breaking their commitment to protect health and lives from corporate pollution and toxic waste. Demonstrators pointed out that the Santa Susana site impacts low-income and at-risk communities especially hard. Much work remains. For details, see this article in the Daily News.
Sacramento Bee Steps Up Its Climate Change Coverage
The Sacramento Bee’s coverage of climate change shows that they take climate change seriously. In case you missed the Bee’s recent coverage of climate change happening here and now, see this article covering climate change from the Sacramento perspective.
Events & Updates
- The Climate Report with Dale Steele every Wednesday at 12 noon
Tune in every Wednesday at noon for the the Climate Report with host Dale Steele on KUBU 96.5 FM. You can also listen at accesssacramento.org or with the new KUBU app from (Google Play | App Store).
- Sunday, September 5 ESO River Cleanup Sunday at Guy West Bridge 10 AM – 12 PM
- Friday – Sunday, October 8 – 10 Can you help at the Sacramento Home and Garden Show?
Sign up to meet with other members and explain the benefits of building electrification to show-goers. Shifts are in the daytime Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Oct 8, and 10. Sign up soon, there are only a few slots left. Find out more and sign up here.
- Join Fridays for Future Sacramento to help make banners for use as a resource at future events. These banners will raise awareness for important environmental causes and be shared with other climate organizations. Check the link for next event.