A Just Transition for Labor: What Will it Take?
Presenters: Carol Zabin, Director, UC Berkeley Labor Center, Shrayas Jatkar, Policy Specialist, California Workforce Development Board, Mark Kyle, Labor Attorney
November 19, 2020
The science is clear on climate change: we must rapidly phase out fossils fuels. But tens of thousands of workers have jobs in fossil fuel and related industries. How do we secure a just transition that guarantees good jobs with benefits for these workers in the new clean energy economy? Carol Zabin (Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley) is a labor economist who recently completed a comprehensive report for the California legislature called Putting California on the High Road to answer that question. We also heard from Shrayas Jatkar, a Policy Specialist at the California Workforce Development Board, the state agency charged with implementing the report’s findings, and labor attorney Mark Kyle.
Huge Win! Culver City says no to oil, yes to jobs
Presenters: Culver City Council Member Meghan Sahli-Wells, CA Senator Holly J. Mitchell, David Haake, MD, Sierra Club, Monica Embrey, Sierra Club, Damon Nagami, Natural Resources Defense Council, and Maya Golden-Krasner, Climate Law Institute at the Center for Biological Diversity
October 7, 2020
California Senator Holly Mitchell and Culver City council member Meghan Sahli-Wells, along with The Climate Center and The Sierra Club, talked about Culver City’s recent success securing a plan to phase out oil operations within 2500 feet of homes, parks, and schools– while calling for a just transition for oil workers through oil well remediation jobs. Watch the recording to learn about the years of organizing by frontline Culver City community members and the role of labor unions in securing this win.
September 25, 2020
Terea and Woody shared their expertise about the fundamental need for clean reliable transportation- from public transport to personal vehicles and bikes—to ensure a functional society, how transportation policies have often been used to marginalize lower-income communities and communities of color, and how, working together, we can secure accessible, clean transportation for everyone.
Equitable Access to Clean Energy Resilience in California: Community Energy Resilience Policy Summit online
Presenters: Janea Scott, California Energy Commission; Genevieve Shiroma, California Public Utilities Commission; Carmen Ramirez, Mayor Pro Tem of Oxnard; and others.
August 5, 2020
We spoke with policymakers, Environmental Justice advocates, and Community Choice Agencies about policies to support climate justice and community energy resilience in lower-income communities who suffer disproportionately from pollution and power outages. This summit gave an overview of what the state is doing now for clean energy resilience and what new policies are needed to provide access to clean and reliable power for all.
Presenters: Katie Valenzuela, Policy and Political Director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance (CEJA) and Destiny Rodriguez, Community Relations Manager for The Climate Center
July 17, 2020
Our special guests presented on the health, economic and other consequences of our fossil fuel economy on lower-income communities and people of color, current legislative efforts, including AB 345, to reduce the disproportionate impacts on these frontline communities, and what actions we can take to secure an equitable, healthy and vibrant Climate-Safe California.
Climate Friday Town Hall on Community Energy Resilience and Empowering Local Communities
May 29, 2020
Our guests will provide insights into community clean energy resilience, including clean energy microgrids, empowering local governments and communities, utility justice, and supporting California’s most vulnerable communities in the face of the dual COVID-19 and climate crises. Amee Raval has a background in research and advocacy addressing the environmental and occupational health impacts of extreme heat due to climate change. The Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN) is leading a transition away from an extractive economy based on profit and pollution and toward local, healthy, and life-sustaining economies. Kurt Johnson previously worked for Recurrent Energy in solar, for the California Public Utilities Commission, and at the U.S. EPA where he founded the Green Power Partnership.
CCAs and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Impacts and Responses
Presenters Girish Balachandran, CEO of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset, CEO of East Bay Community Energy
May 19, 2020
Community Choice agencies (CCAs) face many challenges due to the coronavirus disruption. They are also responding quickly in a variety of ways to help support their customers and their communities during this difficult time. Join this webinar to learn more about how CCAs are uniquely positioned to respond rapidly to the needs of their communities. Panelists Girish Balachandran of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Nick Chaset of East Bat Community Energy explain how their CCAs have responded with significant COVID response programs to serve their communities.
Climate Friday with Ellie Cohen and Ann Hancock on Climate-Safe California
Presenters Ellie Cohen, CEO and Ann Hancock, Co-founder and Chief Strategist, The Climate Center
April 13, 2020
The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California is a powerful solution to the climate crisis. Climate experts have called this a unique, bold, urgently needed, and comprehensive campaign that will catalyze similar efforts in other states, the nation, and the world. The Climate Center is working with dozens of partners to seize this moment and enact by 2025 the bold policies required by science that will put California on track for a climate-safe future by 2030. We define Climate-Safe California as having reached net-negative emissions (sequestration greater than emissions or becoming a net carbon sink), achieving initial stages of drawdown. The overarching goal is for California to commit to 80% below 1990 levels of GHG emissions and net-negative emissions by 2030, accelerating timelines for existing state policies.
Yes, We Will! Climate-Safe California Rapid Decarbonization Campaign
Presenter Ellie Cohen, CEO, The Climate Center
March 19, 2020
The consequences of abrupt, human-caused climate change are hitting harder and faster than expected, posing grave and immediate threats to human health and well-being. Children, the elderly, and people living in low-income communities are disproportionately affected.
California must accelerate timelines and enact bold climate policy now to ensure a vibrant, healthy, and equitable future. Ellie will present some of the latest climate science, then describe The Climate Center’s five-year rapid decarbonization campaign, ending with an inspirational view of our collective future based on our actions today.