Take the #CleanSeas Pledge!

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In 2015, globally we produced 322 million tons of plastic, which is more than 900 Empire State Buildings! Each year more than 8 million tons find their way into our oceans. 

This Valentine's Day, Acterra took the #CleanSeas pledge to break up with single-use plastics. Will you join us? 

Visit http://cleanseas.org/get-informed to learn more, and pledge to end your relationship with plastics for good.

Call Your Legislators to Support Climate Bills in the California State Legislature

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AB-1745 Vehicles: Clean Cars 2040 Act
This bill would ban the sale of gasoline-powered vehicles in California by 2040. Currently, are over 360,000 electric vehicles on California roads, and Governor Brown wants to boost that number to 1.5 million by 2025. Many automakers are already following suit, with Volvo set to produce solely electric and electric-hybrid cards by 2019, and Ford offering 16 fully electric models by 2022

SB 834 and AB 1775: State lands: leasing: oil and gas
In response to the current administration's plans to allow more offshore oil drilling, these companion bills would prohibit further offshore oil drilling within California's three-mile underwater costal zone. They would also ban any pipelines or other means of conveying oil through this costal zone onto the shore of California.

AB1884 Food facilities: single-use plastic straws 
This bill, introduced last month, would require that servers do not automatically serve plastic straws in restaurants. 

An estimated 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States, most just used once and discarded. Calderon said plastic straws and stirrers were the sixth most common items collected during California Coastal Cleanup Days between 1989 and 2014.

Contact our legislators in the State Capitol Building and ask for their support:

State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senate
Phone: (650) 212-3313 (office in San Mateo)

Assemblymember Marc Berman (District 24)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 691-2121 (Los Altos office)

Assemblymember Kevin Mullen (District 22)
California State Assembly
Phone: (650) 349-2200 (San Mateo office)

Join the 2018 Climate Election Action Group

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A group of climate activists has started work to Make 2018 a Climate Election.

Now they're forming a Bay Area Climate Election Action Group to show how this campaign can look locally and pave the way for national efforts. They’ll work on memes, slogans, videos, buttons, t-shirts. They’ll run contests for ideas and designs. Join wherever you’re from to watch their progress, pitch in, and spread the idea.

Take Advantage of Solar Rebates from Silicon Valley Power

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SunWork will have 2 FREE education events to discuss how to take advantage of rebates to install solar on your roof.

Saturday, February 24
12:15 - 1:30 pm
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, Milpitas [MAP]
Register

Thursday, March 8
7:00 - 8:15 pm
Santa Clara University [MAP]
Register

SunWork is an non-profit that uses volunteers to install solar on rooftops in situations where electric bills are already small, so for-profit solar installers are unwilling to bid on these projects. 

The solar rebate from Silicon Valley Power in Santa Clara is going away in June so act now. You can also get trained to be a volunteer installer! Visit: sunwork.org/events

National Skip the Straw Day is February 24!

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Inspire your community to ditch plastic straws, one of the top 5 ocean polluters.

Assemblyman, Ian Calderon, introduced AB1884 Food facilities: single-use plastic straws last month which would require that servers do not automatically serve plastic straws in restaurants. 

An estimated 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the United States, most just used once and discarded. Calderon said plastic straws and stirrers were the sixth most common items collected during California Coastal Cleanup Days between 1989 and 2014.

Please spread the word about the destructiveness of plastic straws.