While we celebrated this Earth Week physically apart, but we are still writing history together. This update invites you to take action online, and ends with a few recommendations for worthwhile climate videos/webinars.
Across the world, young people especially are collaborating in online campaigns to move towards a healthier, more just, and more livable future.
Sunrise Bay Area shows why we need a Green New Deal, especially in light of Covid 19.
Fridays for Future hosts a podcast featuring Vanessa Nakate and Acham Evelyn from Uganda
Greta Thunberg encourages us to change our behavior for the greater good of society.
Quick action! Share with your friends and social media circle!
Even as Covid-19 is pummeling low income communities of color and healthcare professionals, both are continuing to sound the alarm that the crises of climate change and public health cannot be treated separately, and that the same climate-change causing fossil fuel pollution likely makes this pandemic deadlier.
Frontline leaders demand public health leadership on oil drilling.
Hanna Saltzman: Lesson from the pandemic is to prioritize clean air
Quick action! Amplify these voices-- share with your friends and social media circle.
Earth day challenge: Further amplify the clean air solutions we have, including all-electric buildings, by responding to the SF Chronicle article with a letter to the editor to the editor. (New to letter-writing? Tips here.)
Our coalition continues to work inside San Francisco to push our City to walk its talk on the Climate Emergency. On Friday we had an online meeting with staff from SFE and Supervisor Mandelman regarding his upcoming all-electric new buildings legislation. Here’s the summary:
The good: The legislation is intended to be applicable “at permit”-- which includes developments already generally approved by the Planning Department that have not yet filed Building Permit applications. This could capture more of “the pipeline” than even Berkeley’s ban in terms of strictly banning new gas infrastructure, if it weren’t a year delayed.
The bad: The Supervisor shows no intention of amending the Green Building Code to require all units in the pipeline to be at minimum electric ready.
The truth: We have more to do to continue to spotlight the connection of pollution and climate change to public health, now and in the future.
Community action! If you haven’t yet, send a letter to Supervisor Mandelman and your own Supervisor to let them know how important comprehensive building electrification is to you. Thank you!
Stay motivated! Bill Weihl discusses discusses how his new organization Climate Voice is building a movement to get companies to go "all-in on climate," and Dr. Cynthia Mahoney explains in under two minutes what the Covid crisis teaches us about the public health crisis, and encourages us to "flatten the climate curve. Invest in climate, health, and equity."
Be well and thank you for all you do in these difficult and important times