A Green New California

  1. Transportation:
  • It is very critical to move away from the use of single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) and to transition over to more electrified mass transit, bikes, and efficient infrastructure.
  • Delivery methods must be electrified, making all freight, shipping, and goods movement sustainable and transparent. Today’s society revolves around consumption and commodities, making it ever that much more crucial to focus on delivery, transportation, and transparency. Heightened transparency would illustrate the extent to which consumption is harming the planet.
  • It is key to make public transportation systems emissions free and to ensure equitable and accessible transit that is not polluting our air.
  • Developing a safe, resilient, and sustainable power grid is key to attaining a green future. This includes building strong microgrids and establishing strong and independent municipal energy resilience plans.
  • Ending our dependence on fossil fuels for both electricity and heating is a top priority. It is time to phase out all oil and gas production and usage. We should also continue to transition our energy sources to renewable resources.
  • Energy is a human right; therefore marginalized communities should not be unjustly penalized, left destitute and without power due to systemic poverty.
  • An important area for focus is building electrification, specifically ensuring equitable access
  • A just transition is important within this sector, as sustainable jobs are needed to ensure that workers are not left behind.
  • Being an incredibly intersectional sector, equity and housing justice are two other key areas of focus. Equity in building electrification must be guaranteed through affordable, accessible programs that address the needs of low-income tenants who must also be legally protected from rent increases resulting from building retrofits.
  • We need to ensure that in regards to the sustainable footprints of facilities, all indirect sources of emissions are accounted for as well.
  • We can electrify and use electricity powered by renewables.
  • Some industrial processes, such as making concrete, emit CO2 as part of the process — we need alternative industrial processes or carbon capture.
  • We need changes to this industry to occur worldwide and to ensure clean processes are not only being used near wealthier communities.
  • We need to be vigilant that companies aren’t evading regulations, especially in frontline and majority-BIPOC communities.
  • Beyond greenhouse gases, we want to be fully aware of other pollution in frontline communities.
  • We need to protect our state’s farmworkers and ensure that they are working in safe conditions and receiving fair pay. This point is especially crucial during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Our agricultural industry needs to be considerate of biodiversity and fund research on traditional crop breeding and agroecology as well as invest in native seeds.
  • Corporations need to be held accountable on a climate action plan. The agricultural industry contributes to 10% of GHG in the United States, and California-based corporations should be liable to create a climate plan that not only outlines their sustainability goals but provides details on how these goals will be met.

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