Groundswell: CLCV Blog

Jun 5, 2019

With just 12 years left to prevent catastrophic climate impacts, it’s critical that Californians elect leaders who can be an asset to our state’s global leadership.

And last night, voters in Senate District 33 did just that, overwhelmingly electing Lena Gonzalez with 69% of the vote!

Lena has a proven track record of audacious action, and of putting her community first — in fact, it’s why we endorsed her.

Apr 22, 2019

Some days it feels like the best thing we can accomplish is nothing at all.

With a climate denier in White House and a coal lobbyist running the EPA, simply resisting their attacks is a full-time engagement.

As we celebrate Earth Day facing an urgent climate crisis and a federal government that refuses to act, it’s hard not to feel hopeless.

Apr 19, 2019

Annual global production of plastics now totals approximately 335 million tons and is only rising, and sadly, Californians only recycle 15% of single-use plastic.

California has an incredible opportunity to be a global leader again on addressing our plastic pollution crisis.

Apr 11, 2019

Corrupt fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt has been confirmed by the Senate.

You read that right.

The GOP-controlled Senate just confirmed fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt to lead the U.S. Interior Department.

Since serving in the Interior Department, Bernhardt has:

Mar 29, 2019

Since serving as Acting Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt lobbied hard for the environmentally destructive Cadiz Water Project and Shasta Dam Project in California, despite resistance from our state leaders.

He’s unfit to lead the Interior Department, and the Senate should reject his nomination for Interior Secretary.

Calling David Bernhardt ‘scandalous’ would be an understatement.

Mar 20, 2019

In January, Governor Gavin Newsom gave his first State of the State speech and one of the most appalling statistics stuck out: nearly 1 million people in California lack access to safe, clean, and affordable drinking water.

What's more, roughly 300 California public water systems serving communities and schools are currently out of compliance with drinking water standards.

This is a crisis, and we can take action today to fix it. Water is a human right.

Mar 18, 2019

While the Trump administration is focused on rolling back environmental protections, California lawmakers are leading the resistance with a bill that would provide legal protections for our progress.

Managing CLCV’s legislative program here in Sacramento gives me a first-hand seat to see just how important these efforts are.

Mar 13, 2019

With over 300 endangered species in California alone, it’s vital that we protect our state’s most vulnerable animals and plants and take action now.

Mar 4, 2019

The House could make history this week by passing historic protections that we haven’t seen since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

The For The People Act (HR 1) makes participating in democracy easier by lowering barriers for frontline communities impacted most by the climate chaos of our time.

This crucial package of reforms would:

→ Make Election Day a federal holiday
→ Implement automatic and same-day voter registration

Feb 28, 2019

Nourbese Flint, Policy Director of Black Women for Wellness, speaks about the Green New Deal, the power of Sci-Fi, and why Black History and Women’s History matters for the environmental movement.


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