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What do I do when my home is gone? by activist/writer SarahIn Heins

I ask myself this question daily. It’s not a new question for me, it’s been a fear of mine since I learned about sea level rise. But in recent years the question has changed. In the past I would ask myself, “What do I do if my home is gone?” Now the if has become a when. More

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Governor, every child deserves to grow up and breath fresh air, declare a state of emergency for the climate crisis, by CA Mayor Heidi Harmon

Watch and read how this San Luis Obispo progressive mayor talks passionately about why California needs to stop all fossil fuel production to be truly a climate leader. More

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In the eye of the storm, we come together, we breathe, and we begin. We demand better. by activist/writer Brianna Cunliffe

The climate crisis is personal for me. It has been ever since the September storm that woke me — the one that came when I was a thousand miles away. More

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Investigative Report

Water in Crisis: Part II – Uninhabitable Homes: Climate migrants and the water-driven conflicts that undermine American security

By Brianna Cunliffe, P.E.N. chief investigative reporter. If nothing is done to drastically alter our relationship with fossil fuels, in fifty years nearly a fifth of the world’s population will live in zones so hot and dangerous they will likely become uninhabitable. Thirty years will see over 150 million people displaced by rising seas that swallow up towns and cities. Eight of the nation’s twenty largest metropolitan areas . . . As wells dry up, crops fail, and violence rises — where will these climate refugees go? More
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Environment

In CA, Latino farming communities hardest by COVID-19 and environmental injustice

The California Latino community has been disproportionately infected by the coronavirus. Latinos make up 39 percent of the population in the state, but account for 56 percent of COVID-19 infections and 46 percent of deaths, according to the California Health and Human Services secretary, Dr. Mark Ghaly. That’s three times the rate as Whites. State officials say, many employers have not reliably provided protective equipment to workers or implemented social distancing or mask wearing rules. This is systemic racism.  More

Explore our videos, podcasts, and documentaries with elected officials

From California to Maine elected officials share their stories with us about how they are working to combat the climate crises in their communities, state and nation.

Oakland Councilmember Dan Kalb

Dan is a progressive reformer whose hard-work yields results. He’s a committed public servant and community advocate, always looking to make life better for the people of Oakland. Throughout his  career, Dan has worked as a policy director; environmental, public interest, and social justice advocate. Please watch the here.

Councilmember Meghan Sahli-Wells

Meghan is determined to transform Culver City’s park into an outdoor area for young and old to recreate, like NYC’s Central Park. So,  as mayor she transformed the city so it runs on 100 percent clean, renewable energy and has rid the park of its oil drilling days.  She told Governor Newsom that the city is a model he should use. Please watch the video here.

Oxnard Mayor Pro-Temp Carmen Ramirez

First elected of office in November of 2010, Carmen works non-stop for the people of Oxnard and beyond. She works with everyone to better the lives and livelihoods of her people, aways standing up for the underdog. She urges   Governor Gavin Newsom to declare a climate emergency for California. Please watch the video here.