Pledge to be a Climate Champion
We have asked the candidates for local offices to pledge to become climate champions if elected. They would pledge to promote strategies to reduce greenhouse gases that also support equitable economic opportunities.
Here is the full text of the pledge, with links to detailed information.
If you are a candidate who supports this pledge, please let us know at [email protected] We’ll add your name, and post it here.
If you are a voter in the upcoming Fall 2020 election here are the local candidates who have taken the pledge. Be sure to support them when it comes time to vote.
*If you are a candidate who supports this pledge, please let us know at [email protected] We’ll add your name, and post it here.
The following candidates for the November 3, 2020 election have signed the Climate Pledge.
If you are a voter, support them when it comes time to vote!
Scott Bauer, Eureka City Council Ward 4
Liza Welsh, Eureka City Council Ward 4
Eddie Morgan, Eureka City Council Ward 4
Kimberley White, Arcata City Council
Camilla Zapata, Arcata City Council
Collin Yeo, Arcata City Council
Oryan Peterson-Jones, Arcata City Council
Paul Pitino, Arcata City Council
Michael Winkler, Arcata City Council
Stacy Atkins-Salazar, Arcata City Council
Emily Grace Goldstein, Arcata City Council
Sarah Schaefer, Arcata City Council
Tell the California Senate to Protect Communities and Support AB345
It’s time for California to stop drilling for fossil fuels at the expense of public health.
Right now, there’s a bill that just passed the State Assembly and is under consideration in the Senate that would protect Californians from the hazards of oil and gas drilling.
AB 345 would require the agency that regulates oil drilling to consider a setback for oil and gas operations to protect people who live, play, work, or go to school nearby – primarily communities of color.
Will you send a message to the nine state senators on the Natural Resources & Water Committee right now urging them to vote YES on AB 345 so we have the strongest chance possible of getting it passed?
AB 345 is scheduled for a hearing in the Natural Resources and Water Committee this month, perhaps as early as July 16. That’s why we need to get signatures and comments into the committee TODAY. If the bill passes this committee, it will move on to Appropriations Committee and then a full vote on the Senate floor.
More than 5 million Californians live near oil and gas drilling sites where toxic, health-threatening air pollutants are emitted. We know that proximity to oil and gas wells cause a host of health impacts including asthma and other respiratory ailments. Now, new research shows that those who live in heavily polluted areas have a higher risk of severe complications from COVID-19.
Local 350 groups of California
Transition to a Fossil Free world
350 Humboldt supports 350.org’s recent rebranding of clean energy and Keep it in the Ground initiatives under the #FossilFree banner.
Check it out: Fossil Free at 350.org!!
Local Clean Energy Resolutions
350 Humboldt’s first campaign began in 2018 when we drafted a resolution to support 100% Clean and Renewable electrical energy by 2025 ( Link to resolution). We were inspired by other communities throughout the US who stepped forward with similar resolutions in support of the goal of the Paris Climate Accords to keep global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius in order to avert climate catastrophe.
350 Humboldt presented our resolution to local city councils, lobbied council members, wrote letters and, most importantly, showed up to advocate for its adoption. We learned a lot about working with allies, and built networks of communication throughout our community. One by one, the Eureka City Council (May 2018), McKinleyville Community Services District (June 2018) and Arcata City Council (July 2018) adopted the resolution. Once local jurisdictions were on board, we asked the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors to adopt our resolution, and they did in September of 2018.
The final goal, and the most significant challenge in our campaign, was to have the Redwood Coast Energy Authority adopt our resolution, as they are responsible for Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy program. We mobilized a strong show of support from the community to come to the meetings. To our great joy and relief, RCEA adopted the resolution unanimously!
We are really proud of the success of this campaign. It proved to us that Humboldt County citizens are willing to do the hard work necessary to influence policies that help in the fight against global climate change. Thanks to everyone who participated!