Webinar #3: Creating Climate Resilient Communities – What will it take?

March 24th, 2021 at 10 AM to 11:30 AM

To equitably reduce emissions and protect communities from worsening climate impacts, we must engage local voices in planning clean energy microgrids with storage to power resilience hubs, as well as health centers, fire stations, grocery stores, and other critical facilities during planned and unplanned outages. These hubs, powered by clean, affordable, reliable, and safe electricity, can provide essential services organized by and for the people who live there. In this webinar, we will explore the opportunities and challenges to this vision from a variety of perspectives. Learn more here.

Our new Climate-Safe California webinar series will take a dive into the science, economics, policy, and technical aspects of our Climate-Safe California. We will bring experts from across California to discuss the latest climate science, targets for emissions reductions based on that science, and the policies that will transition us away from fossil fuels, lead to sustainable mobility, decarbonizing buildings, and natural carbon sequestration. We will also cover how to finance climate action at scale, and what a just transition to a clean economy that serves frontline communities looks like.

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Urge lawmakers to commit to 100% GHG-free electricity by 2030

Solar is now the cheapest form of electricity generation. This is good news, considering that fossil fuel pollution is a public health crisis across the state.  At the same time, climate impacts are hitting harder and faster with an unprecedented fire and smoke season, and in other parts of the country an unprecedented hurricane season.

Almost 43% of California’s electricity still comes from natural gas, a fossil fuel. Methane, the primary component of natural gas, is a climate-heating gas that is 84 times more potent than carbon dioxide.

The science is clear, as are the solutions, which are also now the least expensive.

Learn more and urge your California legislators to commit to 100% clean electricity by 2030.

“[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

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Check out the recording of our webinar on a #JustTransition for #fossilfuel workers in the #oilandgas industry and why we need #ClimateAction to protect #publichealth in frontline communities. Also see powerpoint presentations. https://theclimatecenter.org/climate-safe-california-phase-out-fossil-fuels/

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Endorse Climate-Safe California

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. Endorse and support the campaign today.

Together we will secure an equitable, healthy, and vibrant future in California, inspiring accelerated action globally. Learn more>>

Support Utility Reform and Community Energy Resilience

The Climate Center is working with partners to help secure our communities in the face of blackouts, fires and the pandemic by opening up markets to clean energy, reducing pollution that makes people more susceptible to diseases like COVID-19, and creating clean energy “islands” that allow community energy resilience during planned and unplanned outages. Please reach out to your state elected officials here.

OUR IMPACT

11,000,000

Population with access to Community Choice Energy in California

$90 million

Estimated on-bill savings as of 2018 due to Community Choice Energy

88%

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

28,000+

Students reached through our youth climate leadership training program

OUR WORK

CLEAN COMMUNITY ENERGY RESILIENCE

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.
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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.
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CLEAN POWER EXCHANGE

The Clean Power Exchange is your source for news, views, updates, resources, and tools on Community Choice Energy and California’s shift to clean energy.
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CARBON SEQUESTRATION

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>>

CLEAN MOBILITY

Sustainable mobility includes electric vehicles, transit-oriented development, walkable communities, pedestrian and bike-friendly infrastructure (scooters too), public transportation, and more. Learn more>>

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