ACTION ALERTS

Below please find actions you can take on the local, state, and federal levels, to protect the environment, defend health, and demand justice, including anti-nuclear weapons and military spending reduction policy advocacy.

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Actions and Updates below:

  • READ SF Bay PSR’s Statement on the SCOTUS Decision to Overturn the Right to Abortion, click here
  • SENT to Governor Newsom: health-professional letter to CA Air Resources Board re: Climate Scoping Plan
  • What happened at the CA Air Resources Board’s Climate Action Scoping board meeting? READ PRESS RELEASE
  • EV Charging Station Access for All Californians (SB1482) – Updates coming soon
  • Save Rooftop Solar in CA, the battle continues!
  • Fossil Free Divestment Act (SB1173) – UPDATE: sadly this bill died in committee June 21, THANK YOU everyone!
  • Support common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence in the U.S.
  • Shut down dangerous Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant
  • And more below!

 

California Air Resources Board (CARB) Climate-Change Scoping Plan

SF Bay PSR and dozens of other health organizations submitted a letter to Governor Newsom!

READ the LETTER HERE!

The letter supports environmental justice organizations’ demands in California regarding the California Air Resources Board’s draft Climate Change Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan is the blueprint that will guide the next 20 years of climate action in California and could potentially be used by other states and for federal climate policy. The current draft requires little to no immediate action to reduce climate pollution, and has not incorporated the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee’s recommendations.

We — SF Bay PSR, PSR-LA, PSR Sacramento, National PSR, health organizations, health professionals, and students— will continue efforts nationwide to urge California to adopt an ambitious climate action plan in line with the urgency of the climate crisis, centered in and driven by health and equity.

What happened at the CA Air Resources Board meeting and rally on June 23?

Martha Argüello, director of PSR-LA and co-leader of EJAC, and 200 community members urged CARB to phase out oil refineries and plan an equitable transition of workers by 2045. READ MORE: California Environmental Justice Alliance‘s PRESS RELEASE

What is the 2022 Climate Change Scoping Plan?

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) released on May 10, 2022, a Draft Climate Change Scoping Plan Update, which is the blueprint for California’s climate action strategy across all state, regional, and local agencies and jurisdictions through 2045. Unfortunately, the CARB’s draft scoping plan is disastrous for climate and public health and leaves working class Californians and frontline communities behind. The plan calls for a massive expansion of dirty gas-fired power plants and would pave the way for billions in public subsidies for risky, ineffective carbon capture and storage machinery that extends the life of oil refineries.

Frontline communities have the solutions and visions that we all need to improve our health, quality of life, and economic futures. We need to persuade Chair Liane Randolph and the board members to adopt the Environmental Justice Advisory Committee’s (EJAC) recommendations for a Scoping Plan that is rooted in racial, climate, and environmental justice that prioritizes community health and a just transition, over polluters’ profits.

MORE READING: Op-Ed: California can do better than carbon neutrality by 2045

Vote YES to Divest: Support the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (SB-1173)

UPDATE: Sadly this bill died in committee on Tuesday, June 21, but our collective wins this year will give us moment for next year! A HUGE THANK YOU  to everyone at Fossil Free CA and on SF Bay PSR’s Divestment Task Force for all your efforts!

Join Fossil Free CA, SF Bay PSR, Youth vs Apocalypse, CA Faculty Association, and more to support SB-1173, introduced by Senator Gonzalez and Senator Wiener. The Act would require CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from fossil fuels in the next five years. Teachers and state employees agree: our retirement savings shouldn’t be used to capitalize the fossil fuel industry.

California has been a world leader in combating the climate crisis, but our public pension funds are actively investing billions of dollars in the very fossil fuel companies driving climate chaos. CalPERS and CalSTRS, which invest the retirement savings of state employees and teachers, have a combined $9 billion propping up the industry driving environmental racism, devastating wildfires, and the destruction of our biosphere.

SF Bay PSR is a founding member of the NGO coalition that has been working for more than a year to bring a bill to divest public pension funds from fossil fuels to fruition.

SB 1173 FACT SHEET

NEW REPORT Calling out CalPERS & CalSTRS

A first-of-its-kind comprehensive report  from Fossil Free California reveals that the combined $800 billion California Public Employees’ and State Teachers’ Retirement Systems have repeatedly given incorrect and inflated figures on the costs of divestment, including in the numbers reported to the Appropriations Committee last month for SB 1173, the Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill. This report comes ahead of anticipated Senate Committee and floor votes this month.

EV Charging Access For All Californians (SB1482)

Sponsored by EV Charging for All Coalition, Acterra, and California Interfaith Power and Light

UPDATE: Exciting news! SB 1482 will be heard in the California Assembly’s Housing and Community Development Committee on Wednesday, June 29. SB 1482 already passed in the state senate. Let’s keep it moving!

June 29: This bill is in committee. We hope to have some updates soon.

Why is SB1482 so important?

Passing SB 1482 is essential to provide multi-family housing (MFH) residents with charging at the place where it’s most affordable, easy-to-access and safe—at home. Without such access, apartment and condo residents are much less likely to get EVs, missing out on their financial, health and climate benefits. And it’s much cheaper to add the charging infrastructure up front, at the time of construction, rather than later as costly retrofits. For equity, climate and clean air, all new apartments and condos units must have EV charging access!

SB1482 FACT SHEET

Support common-sense legislation to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Sponsored by American Public Health Association (APHA)

WRITE to your senator with APHA’s easy tool.

Gun violence is a public health crisis and is taking an enormous toll on our communities. The recent devastating killing of at least 21 people, including 19 elementary school children in Uvalde, Tex., and the killing of 10 people in Buffalo, N.Y. are sad reminders of the magnitude of this problem in the U.S. We cannot allow senseless gun violence to continue and we must act now to prevent future tragedies. Take the time to tell your senators to support commonsense legislation to reduce gun violence in the U.S.

Image courtesy Solar Rights Alliance

Save Rooftop Solar in California

The battle to Save Rooftop Solar continues . . . if you emailed or called before, please do so again.

UPDATE: Huge protests have so far stalled the adoption of this plan since December, when the first version of it was introduced. More than 150,000 people have submitted comments to the CPUC and Gov. Newsom, along with over 700 nonprofits, cities, schools and elected officials and most major newspaper editorial boards. Save Solar rallies in cities around the state have continued sending this message.But rooftop solar in California is still in serious danger. We need a big push to save solar NOW!

SIGN LETTER by Solar Rights Alliance

CALL Governor Newsom: 916-445-2841

Sample script:
“My name is __, I live in ___. The CPUC’s latest rooftop solar plan is as bad as their first proposal. California should not tax the sun, period. We need more solar, not less. Gov. Newsom must show leadership, right now.”

May 9 UPDATE, Individual and community-owned solar panels are in jeopardy: The CPUC said they are considering a Solar Tax on solar energy made and consumed at home, while also slashing the credit for the surplus solar energy shared with the grid. Their latest Solar Tax would be $300-$600 per year for the average solar user. Also, it appears that the CPUC’s earlier proposal to weaken protections for existing solar users is still on the table.

“Despite having more than 700 organizations, community groups, and elected officials and more than 120,000 signatures on the petitions delivered to the Governor’s office, the Governor’s political advisors and the CPUC continues to use a fabricated “equity” ploy to pit non-solar utility customers against rooftop solar adopters. This is a power grab assault of utility shareholders vs the people. Your message to the Governor’s advisors will help ensure there is a chance for an “alternate proposed decision” that actually aligns with environmental justice and energy democracy.” People Power Solar Cooperative

Watch People Power Solar Cooperative’s 7-min video about the extractive economics of investor-owned utilities. (WARNING: If a Youtube solar advertisement comes up first, SKIP IT. It may not be accurate.)

READING

Save CA Solar FACTSHEET: Utilities like PG&E want to stop California’s solar progress. Don’t give up your solar power.
ORGUP: High Equity Stakes in California’s Solar Fight
LA Times (Nanette Diaz Barragán and Ken Wells): Slashing California’s solar incentives would hurt low-income communities
CalMatters (Jenn Engstrom): Don’t let the CPUC reverse its deal with solar customers
New York Times (Arnold Schwarzenegger): We Put Solar Panels on 1 Million Roofs in California. That Win Is Now Under Threat
Sacramento Bee (Editorial Board): Cutting rooftop solar subsidies would be a huge mistake. California needs to reassess

Tell Governor Newsom: Shut Down Diablo Canyon’s Aging Nuclear Power Plant

In 2016, California reached an agreement with PG&E, environmental and labor groups to shut down the two Diablo Canyon nuclear reactors in 2024 and 2025. Now, California’s Governor Gavin Newsom (who, as Lieutenant Governor in 2016, was instrumental in crafting the shutdown agreement) is pushing to keep Diablo Canyon running.

Extending the lifetime of Diablo Canyon would mean extending the risk to Californians of a nuclear meltdown, resulting in a devastating radioactive release. This is not a remote possibility, given the numerous significant earthquake faults that surround the plant (see Dr. Dan Hirsch’s 2014 testimony before Congress, and these maps, for more on seismic risks), the potential for a terrorist attack, or equipment malfunction.

Extending Diablo’s operation would also produce hundreds more tons of long-lived, highly radioactive waste for which there is still no disposal method. Keeping Diablo running would also undermine California’s climate change goals by hindering our renewable energy development.

ACTIONS

PLEASE tell Governor Newsom that he cannot risk the health of Californians and he must not break his promise to shut down Diablo Canyon.

CALL the Governor’s office: 916-445-2841

EMAIL HERE
Use the Subject: Energy or Environment
Position: Con
Comment: You can use the text above for your comment.

Find more info at Committee to Bridge the Gap

No Nuclear War over Ukraine

Supported by International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, SF Bay PSR, PSR National, and others

SF Bay PSR continues to stand with our global allies in support of the Ukrainian people. We have all been feeling a bit overwhelmed by Russia’s brutal attack on Ukraine and the new United Nations Climate Change report. But history has proven that we can achieve power and hope when we take action alongside others who are standing up across the globe for peace and a healthy planet. Join us!

As of June 29, 2022, more than a million people have signed! Let’s keep it going!

SIGN HERE

As healthcare professionals, we call for NATO and the Russian Federation to renounce the use of nuclear weapons in this conflict and for an immediate cease fire and the withdrawal of all Russian military forces. We are extremely concerned about the heightened risks of nuclear harms, including from the use of nuclear weapons and from potential damage to the 15 nuclear power plants in the region. We must protect Ukraine’s people and sovereignty. Our own government must work for immediate and long-term diplomatic solutions that will provide for true security, both at home and abroad. And we must follow Ukraine’s lead in their negotiations for peace.

CLICK HERE for more info on our efforts to support peace in Ukraine.

Health Professionals for Electric School Buses

By American Lung Association

SIGN HERE

Diesel exhaust is a serious threat to lung health, especially for the millions of children riding school buses every day. Transitioning to zero-emission school buses will ensure healthier air for children and communities across the country.

Unfortunately, many school districts continue using diesel-powered school buses in part because of their lower initial costs. We need Congress to prioritize funding for zero-emission electric school buses to help school districts make the switch.

Join the American Lung Association and tell Congress to support the transition to electric school buses.

Demand a Full Cleanup of Radioactive & Toxic Contamination in San Francisco, Bayview Hunter’s Point Community

SIGN the petition here

Please join SF Bay PSR to support Bayview Hunters Point Mothers and Fathers Committee, Marie Harrison Community Foundation, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Youth Vs. Apocalypse and other allies to demand a FULL cleanup of ALL contamination at the Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site and adjacent areas.

For more info, please email kamillah@greenaction.org

FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY

Climate change, like nuclear weapons, is a major global threat.

SIGN HERE to learn more and endorse the treaty

Countries, cities, environmental groups, scientists, health institutions representing over 100,000 doctors, and others call on governments to urgently commence negotiations to develop, adopt and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty laying out a binding global plan to:

  • End new expansion of fossil fuel production in line with the best available science as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme
  • Phase out existing production of fossil fuels in a manner that is fair and equitable, taking into account the respective dependency of countries on fossil fuels, and their capacity to transition;
  • Invest in a transformational plan to ensure 100% access to renewable energy globally, support fossil fuel-dependent economies to diversify away from fossil fuels, and enable people and communities across the globe to flourish through a global just transition.

Support Fossil Free Finance Act

Send letters to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla

EMAIL Feinstein
EMAIL Padilla

The fossil fuel industry has 503 lobbyists at the COP26 climate summit. If the fossil fuel lobby were a country delegation at COP26, it would be the largest with two dozen more representatives than the largest current country delegation.

Last week, Senators Ed Markey and Jeff Merkley introduced the Senate version of the Fossil Free Finance Act, which would require the Federal Reserve to ban the financing of any fossil fuel projects or activities, effectively cutting off the flow of funds from big banks. Representatives Mondaire Jones, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley introduced the House version of the bill in September with 21 co-sponsors.

While we continue to pressure President Biden to nominate a new climate champion as Federal Reserve Chair, this bill is a huge opportunity to finally change how the financial sector invests in fossil fuels and turn the tides for our climate.

If this bill passes, big banks would NOT be allowed to finance:

  •    New or expanded fossil fuel projects after 2022
  •    All fossil fuel projects after 2030
  •    Thermal coal financing after 2024

The Fossil Free Finance Act is endorsed by Public Citizen, 350.org, Evergreen Action, Zero Hour, Stand.earth, Friends of the Earth US, Future Coalition, Action Center on Race and the Economy, Revolving Door Project, Sunrise Movement, Americans for Financial Reform, and Sierra Club.

READ FOSSIL FREE FINANCE OVERVIEW
READ MORE at 350.org and Public Citizen

Aude Bouagnon at BVHP Rally

SF Bay PSR Board Member Dr. Aude Bouagnon spoke at a rally on Earth Day 2021 to support Bayview Hunters Point community efforts to advocate for the clean up of toxic wastes harming the health of residents. Photo by Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai.

ONGOING

Contact San Francisco Mayor Breed & Board of Supervisors to ask them to ACT NOW:

● Declare a Public Health Emergency in Bayview Hunters Point and Treasure Island!
● Declare a moratorium on shipyard development and Lennar’s unsafe soil excavation!
● Conduct full retesting, safe cleanup and removal of all radioactive and toxic contamination at Hunters Point Shipyard Superfund Site & Treasure Island!

The San Francisco Hunters Point Naval Shipyard site was home to a Naval shipyard repair facility from 1945 to 1974 and the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL) from 1948 to 1960. These facilities contaminated soil, dust, sediments, surface water and groundwater with toxic chemicals, heavy metals, PCBs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and radionuclides.

We are honored to support the Bayview Hunters Point Community Advocates in their efforts to fight for environmental justice.
READINGS & RESOURCES can be found HERE.

BEYOND the FIRST 100 DAYS

Let's keep the pressure on the Biden-Harris administration and your congressional representatives. Tell them you want to see in a "Green New Deal" that justly transitions us to a green economy.

To read more about President-Elect Biden's positions on "Green New Deal" polices please see our recent newsletters.

Support the Thrive Agenda and contact your representatives. Supported by 200 grassroots organizations and 83 members of Congress, the Thrive Agenda is a roadmap to a just recovery from our climate crisis, the global pandemic, and the intertwining of persistent racial injustice, Make your voice heard!

Also, please support the Third Reconstruction resolution, introduced on May 24, 2021, by Congresswomen Barbara Lee and Pramila Jayapal, in collaboration with the Poor People’s Campaign, “Realizing a Third Reconstruction: A Moral and Political Commitment to Fully Address Poverty and Low-Wealth in America by Building Up from the Bottom.”

Tell Congress to invest in clean energy: Tell Congress to Invest in a Clean Energy Future
President Joe Biden has proposed the American Jobs Plan, which can put people back to work, rebuild our aging infrastructure, accelerate our shift to clean energy, and improve our resilience to the climate impacts we can no longer avoid.
READ MORE at PSR National.

VISIT the MEMORIAL to Healthcare workers lost to the pandemic

“Lost on the Frontline,” an online memorial launched by the Guardian and Kaiser Family Foundation’s Kaiser Health News to honor and memorialize all of the frontline health-care workers who have died because of COVID-19.

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The National Academy of Medicine offers Resources to Support the Health and Well-Being of Clinicians During COVID-19

NurseJournal.org: How Nurses Can Combat Compassion Fatigue