Climate-Safe California Pioneer Endorsers

Who they are and why they endorse the campaign

Learn about the Climate-Safe California campaign here and please join us by endorsing it here for accelerated climate action that will also catalyze efforts globally. Together we will secure a vibrant, healthy and climate-safe future for all. To see the full list of endorsers, click here.

Affiliations are for identification purposes only.

Hunter Lovins“Climate-Safe California is the bold pathway that leads toward shared prosperity on a healthy planet – exactly what California and the world need now.”

L. Hunter Lovins

President of Natural Capitalism Solutions,
Rocky Mountain Institute Co-Founder and

“I applaud Climate-Safe California for recognizing that solving our climate crisis requires setting the bar high enough to actually meet the challenge. I endorse this effort to keep California on that course, leading our country and the world toward climate solutions.”

Jared Huffman

U.S. Congressman

“The people of California have led the way combatting climate change and developing one of the nation’s preeminent green economies. That said, as America’s most populace state, we know we must do better because climate change is catching up to us. The Golden State is the canary in the coal mine. Now more than ever, we need the Climate-Safe California initiative and I’m honored to endorse its bold vision.”

Mike McGuire

California State Senator

“This is urgent and desperately needed. Also urgent is a just transition and safety net for those working in the fossil fuel industry. We must not leave people behind as seen in the coal industry.”

Carmen Ramírez.

Mayor Pro Tem City of Oxnard and public interest attorney

“[The Climate Center] has emerged as a force this year in our public policy discussions. We know that this has been a long time coming, but this campaign for a Climate-Safe California is not only crucial but it is scalable. The goal for a 2030 near term net negative emissions target is not just something we should be striving for in California, but should be pushing the next administration [in Washington] to embrace as well.”

Senator Henry Stern

California State Senator

“I strongly endorse the goal of Climate-Safe California to achieve net-negative emissions. 2050 is too late. The campaign’s focus on science, urgency, and policy is exactly what’s needed – and California must lead the way.”

Terry Tamminen

Former CAL EPA Secretary under Governor Schwarzenegger, former CEO of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and President of Seventh Generation Advisors

“The lesson of COVID-19 is that a clean energy plan for the state and world must be combined with a plan for true social justice. Climate-Safe California integrates and makes concrete many of the pieces we need to implement what is already state policy here in California, a just and equitable transition to a 100% green energy plan in a state that values biodiversity and human and natural resources.”

Daniel Kammen, PhD.

Professor and Chair, Energy and Resources Group,
Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy,
former Science Envoy for the U. S. Department of State

“Climate change is a public health crisis that impacts current and future generations.”

Venise Curry, M.D.

San Joaquin Regional Director, Communities for a New California
Board Member, The Climate Center, Fresno

“Climate change is here. It is now. The Climate Center offers the best roadmap to get us where we need to be in the next few years. We need a carbon descent plan, and we need it now. Climate-Safe California is just such a plan.”

Ed Begley Jr.

Actor and environmentalist

“A commitment to 100% renewable energy for all sectors is the best option for California to protect public health and the environment while building a strong green economy for the future.”

Angelina Galiteva

Founder, Chair of the Board, Renewables100 Policy Institute

“The world is in a climate emergency and we must take bold, sweeping action to mitigate the impacts of climate change and create a more sustainable world.”

Allie Detrio

Chief Strategist, Reimagine Power

“The gravity of the environmental situation demands a serious response, and the Climate-Safe California Platform is one that I can support.”

Jim Grant

Director, Social Justice Ministry, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

“My grandmother used to say, ‘You have nothing without your health.’ How well we know this, particularly now in the age of COVID. Climate change is creating a multiplier effect for human and ecological health risks. Our most vulnerable populations in California are already experiencing this multiplier effect with increased diagnoses of asthma, Valley Fever, and heat-related diseases. Without flattening the curve of climate change’s impacts, we will continue to see more climate-related illnesses.”

Barbara Sattler, RN, DrPH, FAAN

Professor, University of San Francisco,
Association of Nurses for Health and the Environment

“Can a local organization make a difference in the gigantic global crisis of climate change? In this case, the answer is clearly YES! The Climate Center is one of the most effective leaders in the state on climate. I am proud to support and endorse their ambitious and necessary Climate-Safe California campaign.”

Laney Thornton

Laney and Pasha Thornton Foundation

“The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates quite clearly we can no longer allow anti-science zealots to deny well-founded climate science research, and must act urgently to prevent a larger global disaster.”

Anthony Molina, M.D.


“Coronavirus has made two things clear, when scientists warn us about pending catastrophes, listen to them; and acting preventively saves lives and treasures. Climate-Safe California applies these lessons.”

Jonathan Parfrey

Executive Director, Climate Resolve (Los Angeles)

“I endorse Climate-Safe California because it leads to the greenhouse gas reductions mandated by the most current scientific evidence, and because it is designed to unleash business innovation to help solve the climate crisis, the world’s most pressing issue..”

John “Mac” McQuown

Director, Dimensional Fund Advisors,
entrepreneur, environmentalist, and philanthropist

“The climate crisis is already impacting California residents on an economic basis that is not sustainable. Climate-Safe California advances legislation that leverages the technology and innovation necessary to combat climate change and reduce GHG emissions.”

Catherine Von Burg

CEO and President, SimpliPhi Power, Inc.

“How do we move out of overshoot and start living again within the means of our one planet, at the necessary speed and scale? Just study and implement the pathways laid out in the Climate-Safe California campaign. That’s what’s needed. Like with COVID-19 it protects ourselves here in California, and by protecting us in California, we also protect our precious planet and all fellow human beings. I want a resilient and bright future, and Climate-Safe California shows us the way.”

Mathis Wackernagel, PhD.

Founder and President, Global Footprint Network

“Although we are in the midst of the COVID-19 emergency, the climate crisis is unrelenting. I appreciate the Climate Center’s bold approach to accelerating a carbon free future for everyone.”

Diane Bailey

Executive Director, Menlo Spark

“We can make the dramatic changes necessary to stabilize climate change, but we have already wasted too much time. We must act in a much more comprehensive way and we must do so now.”

Steven Weissman, J.D.

Lecturer, UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy
Senior Policy Advisor, Center for Sustainable Energy
Associate Director, UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment 

“At a time when we are learning how important it is to prepare for crises to mitigate the worst effects, TerraVerde Energy supports the Climate-Safe CA campaign.”

Rick Brown, PhD.

Chair of the Board, TerraVerde Energy

“The climate crisis is the greatest health threat of this century, but climate solutions such as those in the Climate-Safe California plan provide our greatest health opportunity.”

Linda Rudolph MD, MPH

Senior Advisor, Center for Climate Change and Health

“It’s the right thing to do. It’s what we need to do, now.”

Robert Perkowitz

Founder and President, ecoAmerica

“The COVID-19 crisis shows how inadequate our social safety net is. A Climate-Safe California will continue to heal our environment, relocalize our economy and food systems, and decentralize our energy systems.”

Melanie Bagby

Councilmember, Cloverdale City Council

“Catastrophic challenges require bold, visionary solutions. The Climate-Safe California Platform is such a solution.”

Warner Chabot

Executive Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute

“Climate crisis is one of the greatest moral issues of our time, negatively affects the poorest.”

Agnes Dickson

Chair Environmental Commission, Immaculate Heart Community

“The Climate Center’s suite of decarbonization policies are all required to stay below 2°C (3.6°F) warming and avoid dangerous climate chaos. We need aggressive, equitable policies in place now so society can transition to a fossil-fuel-free economy as quickly and safely as possible.”

Carl Mears, PhD.

UN climate scientist and Director,
Board Member, The Climate Center

“The Climate Center’s platform is a win-win for people and the planet. It will rapidly jumpstart an economy in peril while beginning the process to reverse the climate crisis.”

Efren Carrillo

Board President, The Climate Center,
former Supervisor, County of Sonoma

Learn about the Climate-Safe California campaign here and please join us by endorsing it here for accelerated climate action that will also catalyze efforts globally. See why some of these visionaries are endorsing the campaign here.

Together we will secure a vibrant, healthy, and climate-safe future for all.

Last update: 5/29/2020
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