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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UPDATES AND ONGOING!

  • URGENT! DEADLINE: Mon. 2/6, 5pm PT: Tell Bay Area Air regulators to improve air standards for gas appliances
  • Tell FERC to deny the GTN Xpress Pipeline to reduce health harms
  • Advocate for Peace: The Doomsday Clock is a warning. Take action now!
  • SIGN Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty
  • California Air Resources Board (CARB) — we need a climate plan that prioritizes health and equity
  • SAVE SB1137: 3,200-foot setback zones from oil wells protect community health, don’ believe the oil industry’s lies
  • Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant
  • Sign: No Nuclear War over Ukraine
  • Demand the Cleanup of Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco
  • And more below

Gas Appliances Harm Health

Sponsored by Sierra Club, Bay Area Clean Air Coalition which includes SF Bay PSR

Transitioning homes and buildings from gas appliances to clean, electric alternatives like heat pumps can dramatically reduce air pollution. Let’s support an equitable transition in the Bay Area.

This is one of the most important actions of the year regarding a just transition to electric homes that are healthier for us and the planet!

DEADLINE: Monday, Feb 6, 5pm PT

ACTIONS

1. Tell the Air District to Defend Healthy Air in the Bay Area.

The Air District has drafted two regulations (known as Rules 9-4 and 9-6) that will require all water heaters and home furnaces to be zero-NOx emitting by 2027 and 2029 respectively. The Board will vote on these rules sometime in early 2023. Tell the Air District to support Rules 9-4 and 9-6 and ensure breathable air for our communities!

SIGN HERE

2. EMAIL comments to BAAQMD:

Jennifer Elwell
Bay Area Air Quality Management District

jelwell@baaqmd.gov

You can use these talking points and LETTER TEMPLATE.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is currently developing zero-NOx emissions standards for home furnaces and water heaters that would have major benefits for Bay Area health. This is part of a plan for an equitable, affordable transition to tackling appliance pollution and standing up for community health. Zero-NOx standards will ensure a transition from polluting appliances to clean, healthy alternatives. Transitioning to pollution-free, electric appliances is key to reducing air pollution and protecting public health.

Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are toxic, highly reactive gasses that endanger human health by causing or exacerbating respiratory conditions such as asthma, wheezing, decreased lung functioning, increased likelihood of hospital visits, heart disease, and even early death. NOx are produced by burning gas, propane, and wood. In the Bay Area, gas appliances in homes produce more toxic NOx pollution than all of the region’s passenger cars. This is incredibly dangerous for both our indoor and outdoor air quality.

READ SF Bay PSR resources on health benefits of electric appliances and homes

LEARN MORE about how we can end appliance air pollution in the California

Tell FERC to deny the GTN Xpress Pipeline

Sponsored by Oregon PSR

Join health professionals and public health advocates in states across the Northwest (OR, WA, ID, CA) in opposition to TC Energy’s proposed GTN XPress project! Tell the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to deny the GTN XPress pipeline!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) is expected to issue a decision on this project as soon as February of 2023.

ACTION

Tell FERC to deny the GTN XPress pipeline.

SIGN HERE

Following successful community opposition to proposed new pipelines in recent years, pipeline expansions have become part of a national strategy to increase fracked gas. FERC has approved 15 similar XPress projects over the past 5 years alone, resulting in a dramatic expansion of fracked gas in the U.S. Join us and tell the

The GTN XPress would increase the amount of fracked gas flowing from British Columbia through Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. This expansion would result in more than 3.47 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. If approved, this would be like adding the pollution of 754,000 passenger vehicles a year on the road each year until 2052.

As health professionals and advocates, we understand that methane gas and expansion of fossil fuel infrastructure is bad news for public health and the environment. Communities near pipeline routes and compressor stations experience increased health risks. Pipelines leak. Additionally, communities that live near compressor stations are known to experience symptoms ranging from skin rashes to gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurological, and psychological. 

We thus urge FERC to deny the GTN XPress Project! This is a plan that has been opposed by community leaders, Tribes, as well as the Attorney Generals in Washington, California, and Oregon.

Advocate for PEACE

Today, January 24, the Doomsday Clock moved to 90 seconds before midnight. The Clock is a symbol that warns the public about existential risk. It is a metaphor created by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a reminder of the perils we must address if we are to survive on the planet.

January 22, was the second annual anniversary of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons’s (TPNW) entry into force. With 92 signing countries and 68 state ratifications, the TPNW offers real hope for a world without nuclear weapons. The United States must sign and ratify the treaty as soon as possible.

It’s time to build a movement more powerful than the atom bomb.

The TPNW gives us hope and the Doomsday Clock a warning. We must act. Please join SF Bay PSR in signing this petition created by Washington State PSR calling for an Immediate Transition Away From Nuclear Weapons. We’re beginning an effort to turn up the heat on our members of Congress, to demand that our cities divest from nuclear weapons, and to educate the public, particularly younger generations, about the dangers of nuclear weapons, and the very real steps we can take to totally abolish nuclear weapons.

ACTION

Call for an Immediate Transition Away From Nuclear Weapons.

SIGN HERE

READ MORE: Op-Ed, “The Doomsday Clock is More than a Metaphor,” by PSR National Associate Director Jasmine Owens.

The health community calls for

A Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty


PSR has co-authored a letter with our international health professional allies to demand governments develop and implement a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty (FFNPT).

Please SIGN HERE

To protect the health and lives of present and future generations we need a rapid, equitable phase-out of fossil fuels globally. Please sign and share the letter broadly with your colleagues and organizations.

In fall of 2022, the European Parliament called on countries to develop a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty – a major development in the global push to end the expansion of fossil fuel projects.

CA Climate Scoping Plan: We Need a Public Health Advisory Group

As a result of efforts led primarily by environmental justice advocates, there has been some improvement made to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) 2022 Draft Climate Change Scoping Plan. While we are encouraged by the elimination of all new gas plants, and improvements in the transportation sector, we are disappointed that the final 2022 Scoping Plan is still centered on putting the interests of fossil fuel and other polluting industries above the needs of overburdened communities, public health, science, and common sense.

Global warming is the biggest health threat we have ever faced, but a comprehensive public health analysis was not integrated into the design of the 2022 Draft Climate Change Scoping Plan. The health analysis conducted by CARB was extremely limited in scope, and did not inform members of the Air Resources Board or the public about the comprehensive public health threats, benefits, and costs of the potential policies and scenarios within the Scoping Plan.

We urge CARB to form a public health advisory group and work with public health professionals with expertise in climate, health, and equity to conduct on-going robust and comprehensive public health equity analyses that inform the implementation of each component of the 2022 Scoping Plan. We have to do all we can to minimize health harms and maximize health benefits of climate policies being enacted in California.

In brief, our top priorities include: 

  • Direct emission reduction (real zero not net zero emissions)
  • Rapid phase out of fossil fuels, phase out of refineries
  • Clean renewable electricity and energy
  • No reliance on unproven technologies such as CCUS
  • A scoping plan centered on public health and equity

Helpful Resources: 

We will post updates throughout 2023.

Protect CA Communities from Health Harms of Oil Wells

The 3,200 foot health protection zone from oil wells, the new CA law, is under attack!

Big Oil has gathered enough signatures (by deceiving signers with false information) to qualify for a ballot measure to undo California’s critical setbacks law, SB 1137. This law — fought for by environmental justice communities — finally will stop new oil wells near homes, schools and hospitals. If Big Oil’s ballot measure passes in 2024, it would reverse the health protections that were just gained.

DON’T FALL FOR BIG OIL’S SCAM!

We will post updates about this situation as they develop throughout 2023.

California is the only major oil producer in the country that did not have a buffer zone between neighborhoods and oil and gas operations until SB 1137 was signed into law last month. Big oil has been gouging us at the gas pump and they are spending millions on stopping our progress. Blocking health and safety zones for homes, schools and hospitals from oil wells, does not reduce the price of oil, it just increases our health care cost and leaves nearly 3 million people living dangerously close to toxic emissions unprotected.

READ MORE: GRIST: California passed a milestone law to stop neighborhood drilling. Now Big Oil has launched its counterattack.

TALKING POINTS: PSR oil and gas health harms

Prevent California from a Nuclear Disaster

UPDATE: SB 846 passed. This is bad news!

The aging Diablo Canyon Nuclear power plant that is near four earthquake faults will remain active for at least five more years.

We remain OPPOSED to the continued operation of the Diablo Nuclear Power Plant for these reasons:

  • It was built on the presumption of no active earthquake faults within 30 kilometers, it is now known there are 4 nearby active faults capable of larger quakes than the plant was designed for. One fault comes within 600 meters of the plant.
  • The reactors are aging, with critical upgrades having been avoided because of the presumed shutdown in 2025.
  • The attacks on the Zaporizhzhia reactor complex in Ukraine remind the world of the vulnerability of such plants to attack by adversaries / hackers, whether governments or terrorists, and the potential for massive radiation release.
  • Spending billions of dollars on the aging Diablo nuclear plant would steal resources that should be used for far more cost-effective renewables and storage, essential for dealing with climate change.

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 August 4, 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.

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.

Demand the Cleanup of Bayview Hunters Point in San Francisco

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.

SIGN to demand the 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.

KEEP THE PRESSURE ON the Biden-Harris Administration

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.

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.”

Please help us to continue to make taking action easy for more health advocates.

PLEASE DONATE HERE TODAY!