While all of us are frightened and grieving at the idea that an avowed climate change denier will lead our nation’s response to the Paris climate agreement, Californians need to take heart and get to work.
Our state, the fifth largest economy on the planet and the established climate leader among subnational governments, must step up and show the nation and the world that it is possible to address carbon emissions and global warming without losing jobs or compromising our economy.
Fossil Free California is the only group in the state working for fossil fuel divestment by CalPERS and CalSTRS, the two largest and most influential public pension funds in the US. We will continue to work toward our goal of full divestment by the funds, while supporting and partnering with other groups and organizations determined to counter the new administration’s vicious, murderous, destructive policies.
Please join us:
- We need volunteer energy and ideas.
- You can donate, and please consider a monthly pledge. Your financial support will help us implement key campaigns in 2017.
- You can also sign on to our statewide network, or add your name to our Google Group to participate directly in the conversation.
- And it you haven’t already, be sure to sign the petition urging CalSTRS to divest from Big Oil.
Among the climate-sensitive California leaders who spoke out this week was Kevin de León, President pro Tem of the State Senate. He issued a statement about the presidential election, spelling out the crucial role for California as a leader — especially in terms of fighting climate catastrophe, but also on other social issues:
We have never been more proud to be Californians.
By a margin in the millions, Californians overwhelmingly rejected politics fueled by resentment, bigotry, and misogyny….
While Donald Trump may have won the presidency, he hasn’t changed our values. America is greater than any one man or party. We will not be dragged back into the past. We will lead the resistance to any effort that would shred our social fabric or our Constitution.
California was not a part of this nation when its history began, but we are clearly now the keeper of its future.
Senator-elect Kamala Harris, in her victory speech Tuesday, admitted that we have cause to feel deep sadness and anxiety about the future for our children and grandchildren. But she also said:
It is the very nature of this fight for civil rights and justice and equality that whatever gains we make, they will not be permanent. So we must be vigilant. Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up our hands when it is time to roll up our sleeves and fight for who we are.
As Bill McKibben said tonight, it is more important now than ever before to build on “human connections and human kindness.” We must work together and stick together. Everything is at stake.