In mid March, a wind storm in Northern California damaged power lines and vital equipment leaving more than 160,000 bay area PG&E customers without power for several hours. More than two-thirds of these customers were estimated to be without power for up to two full days. While this issue was isolated to Northern California, the state in general is becoming increasingly more likely to experience outages due to strain on an aging infrastructure and unpredictable weather events.
A central theme in our 2022 Annual Report (available here) is building a foundation for lasting transformational change.
In 2022, we laid fertile soil and planted deep roots that will anchor us as we cultivate a more robust collective movement in Southern California.
Scientists predict that if the world does not drastically reduce carbon emissions and prevent global temperatures from rising above 1.5°C\ 2.7°F, we will experience irreversible and catastrophic consequences of climate change that could make the planet unlivable. Worsening climate change means more frequent and long lasting droughts, severe flooding, rampant wildfires, longer, hotter heat waves, and much more. However, there is one great solution every state and their cities within can adopt. It’s called Sponge Cities or Permeable Cities.
Conner Everts holds a Small Chinook Salmon in British Columbia
Bountiful harvests, incredible nutrition, and all for little or no irrigation. What better defines sustainability?
Sierra Club California staff recently attended tours of both the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility (ECL) and the WRD Albert Robles Center for Water Recycling and Environmental Learning (ARC) to have a better understanding of water recycling, water replenishment and the interconnectedness of water systems in Southern California.
Being a climate activist can be daunting, and SolarApp+ can lighten the effort. Since a lot more electricity generated from renewable sources is needed fast, and since governments on all levels don’t move fast, here’s one proposal your city council may actually act on fast. With a little help from my friends at the Solar Rights Alliance, I got results in my city.
What is SolarApp+, what does it do, and what can YOU do about it?
We had an incredible visit in LA with Ben Jealous, the new Sierra Club ED! We were one of the final stops on his 6 week-long listening tour of chapters, and he wanted to hear what we were proud of, and what concerns we had.
Thanks to Sierra Club members who attended the All-Orange County Open House on January 24th. Sierra Club Angeles, Swell Energy and the Solar Rights Alliance connected with local homeowners to discuss the importance of renewable energy, answer questions about the adoption of solar plus energy storage and inform attendees about the NEM 3.0 solar credit changes taking effect on April 13.