New Report: California must accelerate the timeline for climate action

By Daniel Kammen, Teenie Matlock, Manuel Pastor, David Pellow, Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Tom Steyer, Leah Stokes, and Feliz Ventura.

New report provides more evidence supporting Climate-Safe California‘s goals. See our LA Times coverage here: “An Earth Day message for California: Move faster on climate change.”

  • Climate change is occurring at a faster, more destructive rate than previously known which demands California take much more aggressive action.
  • California is already in the early stages of a multi-decade drought made severe by climate change, and is expected to pass the 1.5C threshold of dangerous warming as early as 2027.
  • Doing nothing or pursuing timid climate solutions will cost California trillions of dollars in destructive impacts to our economy, public health, equity, and way of life.
  • Bold policy changes now are critical to the pursuit of effective, equitable solutions.
  • Aggressive targets are tough but achievable.

Read the authors’ recommendations here.

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SB 582, calling for net-negative emissions by 2035 and just resilience prioritizing frontline communities, passed two key committees. California law may finally accelerate timelines for an equitable, climate-safe future!

Senate Bill (SB) 582, which would establish the state’s first-ever statutory net-negative emissions goal, with a target date of 2035, and calls for doubling our current 2030 emissions reductions goals to 80% below 1990 levels, has officially passed out of both the Senate Environmental Quality Committee and the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committees, heading next to Appropriations. SB 582 also calls for a Just Resilience Plan to drive urgently needed investments in California’s most vulnerable communities. We extend our gratitude to Senator Henry Stern for his visionary climate leadership and to UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen for his testimony in support of SB 582 (which you can read here). Read CEO Ellie Cohen’s testimony here. Learn more.

Stand up for diversity and justice

The recent rise in anti-Asian violence is a tragic reminder of the urgent need to escalate the fight against hatred and white supremacy in the United States. Our hearts go out to the families of the victims of the deadly attacks in Atlanta and to all who suffer persecution and injustice. The Climate Center remains committed to confronting systemic racism, misogyny, and intolerance. We stand in solidarity with Asian, Pacific Islander, Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities, as well as women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community, and others targeted for their “differences.”

At The Climate Center, we celebrate and embrace diversity. Shared responsibility and equitable, inclusive solutions are fundamental values we strive to embody as we work for speed and scale greenhouse gas reductions. A key guiding principle for our Climate-Safe California programs and policies is to ensure lower-income communities and many communities of color are no longer disproportionately harmed by the devastating impacts of oil and gas pollution, and have equitable access to climate-friendly solutions. Join us in speaking out against hatred, and for diversity, equity, and justice, as we work collaboratively to secure a vibrant, climate-safe future for all. #StopAAPIHate

“[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.

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The unprecedented fires across the West and the rampant spread of COVID-19 in the United States is a stark reminder that we ignore science at our own peril and early action saves lives. The latest science demands bold and swift climate solutions to avoid runaway climate chaos.

We must accelerate existing state policy timelines now to phase out fossil fuels, sequester carbon through nature-based approaches on natural and working lands, invest in resilient communities for everyone, and raise the billions of dollars needed annually. Climate-Safe California aims to reach net-negative emissions (sequestration more than emissions) by 2030 while (1) securing a just transition for fossil fuel workers, their families, and their communities; and, (2) ensuring that lower-income and BIPOC communities are no longer disproportionately harmed by the production and use of fossil fuels, and have equitable access to climate-friendly solutions. Together we will secure an equitable, healthy, and vibrant future in California, inspiring action globally.  Endorse and support the campaign today.

More than 2.4 million Southern Californians live within half a mile of a large warehouse. Those areas have higher rates of asthma, heart attacks and poverty and are disproportionately Black and Latino. A new regulation could help, @tonybarboza⁩ reports: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-05-05/air-quality-officials-target-warehouses-bid-to-curb-health-damaging-truck-pollution

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11,000,000

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88%

Percentage of fossil-fuel free power in Community Choice Energy portfolios.

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