Thank the governor and urge further action

Following several weeks of record-breaking heat, fires and smoke, and after The Climate Center submitted a requested Executive Order to his office, Governor Newsom has issued two Executive Orders to help tackle the climate crisis. On September 23 he reiterated that we are in a climate emergency and issued Executive Order N-79-20 requiring 100% of all new in-state sales of cars and light trucks to be zero emissions vehicles by 2035. This makes California the first state in the nation to ban new gas-powered cars.

Then on October 7, he issued Executive Order N-82-20, which establishes the goal of protecting 30% of California’s lands and waters by 2030 while also outlining some initial actions required to get there. A key pillar of The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California platform, enhanced sequestration practices on working and natural lands are urgently needed on a much larger scale. To reach net negative carbon emissions by 2030 and in keeping with the latest science, we must remove an additional ~100 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon dioxide equivalents from the atmosphere annually by then.

Please join us in thanking the governor for these bold actions and urge him to issue additional Executive Orders that fully address the climate crisis.

The governor anticipates issuing additional Executive Orders over the weeks ahead. To fully address the climate emergency, we urge him to announce other measures including:

  • an immediate halt to new gas and oil drilling permits, a start to the phase-out of fossil fuel production and exports,
  • a commitment to 100% clean electricity by 2030,
  • a dramatic ramp-up of investments in nature-based sequestration through habitat and soils management, and,
  • major investments in community resilience, including regulatory changes that open up markets for clean energy microgrids and decentralized clean energy.

Our recent draft Executive Order, based on the latest science and rapidly worsening climate reality, calls for net-negative emissions and the start of drawdown by 2030, building on our Climate-Safe California campaign.

While these announcements are a significant step forward, the latest science demands more aggressive actions be taken sooner for the health of our planet and the health of our communities, especially frontline lower-income communities and communities of color. We must also strongly oppose Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) that enables the continuation of fossil fuel pollution. The state must lead efforts to scale up sequestration in working lands in tandem with fossil fuel phase-out.

Please add your voice today to require net-negative emissions and the start of drawdown by 2030.