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New report provides more evidence supporting the goals of the Climate-Safe California campaign. Key findings:
- Climate change is occurring at a faster, more destructive rate than previously known.
- California is already in the early stages of a multi-decade drought made more severe by climate change, and is expected to pass the 1.5 degrees Celsius threshold of dangerous warming as early as 2027.
- Doing nothing or pursuing timid climate solutions will cost California trillions of dollars.
- Bold policy changes now are critical to the pursuit of effective, equitable solutions.
Learning About a Just Transition
October 28, 2021
The Human and Economic Costs of Climate Inaction
November 18, 2021
“[The Climate Center] has emerged as a force this year in our public policy discussions. [Their] campaign for a Climate-Safe California is not only crucial, but it is scalable.”
– State Senator Henry Stern (Santa Monica), August 5, 2020
What makes us unique?
We have a track record of reducing greenhouse gas emissions: The Climate Center played a key role in the tremendous growth of Community Choice Agencies (CCAs) in the state over the past 6 years, with 24 CCAs now providing on average 81% greenhouse gas-free electricity to over 11 million residents in more than 200 cities/counties.
We have a powerful theory of change (strategy). It describes the optimum way to deliver rapid greenhouse gas reductions at scale.
We have a plan. Our bold, comprehensive Climate-Safe California campaign describes how California can respond with urgency to the climate crisis.
CEO Ellie Cohen explains our Climate-Safe California Campaign
Climate-Safe California is a unique and comprehensive campaign to make California the first state in the nation to become carbon negative.
Endorsed by hundreds of businesses, elected officials, and nonprofits and more than 1,000 individuals, Climate-Safe California offers climate solutions at the speed and scale that science demands. It’s a set of policies that would allow California to remove more climate pollution from the atmosphere than we emit by 2030 while creating thousands of jobs and building a more equitable clean energy economy.
Climate-Safe California — and all of The Climate Center’s work — is guided by these core principles: follow the latest science, secure a just transition for fossil fuel workers and their families, and prioritize climate justice with equitable access to climate solutions.
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Our Business Network
The Climate Center’s Business Network is an association of over 70 businesses that are collaborating to find opportunities to build a climate-safe California. Members include a broad array of companies in a variety of sectors, including banking, finance, energy, food, wine, health care and more. Members gather regularly to share best practices and advocate for policies that clear the way for clean energy. Learn more.
10 years sooner
Our work influenced Governor Newsom to pursue moving California’s climate targets up a full decade to 2035.
We convened a microgrid equity coalition and secured $200 million to build microgrids in frontline, lower-income communities.
We catalyzed the first bill in California history with a net-negative emissions target, changing the conversation in Sacramento.
11 million people
Community Choice Energy now serves 11 million Californians 80-90% greenhouse-gas-free power.
Community Energy Resiliance
In the face of California’s widespread power shutoffs and the rise of dirty fossil-fuel-powered back-up generators, The Climate Center has launched a new initiative to build resilience.
Community Choice Energy
Learn what we are doing to spread affordable locally-controlled clean power options and innovative energy programs in the Central Valley and throughout California.
Sustainable mobility includes electric vehicles, transit-oriented development, walkable communities, pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure (scooters too), public transportation, and more. Learn more>>
UN scientists have reported that soil carbon sequestration is among the cheapest methods with the greatest potential for removal of CO2 from the atmosphere. Learn more>>
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