Environment Now!

Environment.jpg

Mission Statement

 

The Environment Now! Committee focuses on advocacy regarding climate change and environ-mental protection. We educate ourselves, identify appropriate actions, and bring educational and activism opportunities to the Huddle. We support and promote environmental causes and values with an emphasis on elections and candidates. We make our voices heard at the local, state, and national level.

Meeting Logistics

All Huddle members are welcome:

Fourth Thursday of each month

7:00 - 8:00 PM

All meetings are virtual over Zoom. 

Contact: Anita      Meeting Minutes

IMG_1530_edited.jpg

2022 Action Goals

 

Local Actions

Alameda County

Advocate for local environmental improvements through involvement in the Alameda County Climate Action Plan.  Huddle-endorsed letter about the plan.

Tesla Park

Now that Tesla Park is permanently protected from motorized recreation, support ongoing efforts to establish the area as a State Natural and Cultural Preserve in conjunction with other local organizations.

State Actions

Influence State Legislators

Use the CA Legislature Position Letter Portal to state our positions on environmentally related State Senate and Assembly bills as they move through committee.

Of current interest is AB2026 (limiting plastic packaging).

Support Ballot Initiatives

Work toward passage of the Plastics Reduction Initiative on the November 8th ballot.

National Actions

Influence Federal Legislators

Contact our representatives and government agencies based on action alerts from the Center for Biological Diversity, Earth Justice, and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Get Out the Environmental Vote

Encourage participation in Environmental Voter Project efforts to get out the environmental vote through writing postcards and phone banking.

Find recommendations for current environmental actions on the  Current Activism Options List

 

Environmental Resources

Center for Biological Diversity logo.jpg

Center for Biological Diversity

Our mission: Saving life on earth. We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Earth Justice log.jpg

Earthjustice

We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer. Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit public interest environmental law organization.

NRDC logo.jpg

Natural Resources Defense Council

NRDC works to safeguard the earth--its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.

350.org logo.jpg

350

We're an international movement of ordinary people working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all.

350 Bay Area logo.jpg

350 Bay Area

Our vision is that all who live in the Bay Area equitably share clean air, water, and soil in a healthy, thriving and stable post-carbon future.

Environmental Voter Project logo.jpg

Environmental Voter Project

The Environmental Voter Project identifies millions of non-voting environmentalists and turns them into consistent voters.

Watch/Read/Listen

 

Brave Blue World: Racing to Solve Our Water Crisis    (2020) Available on Netflix.

Presents innovative water saving and recycling methods that are already being used that, if more widely disseminated could solve our water crisis.

Kiss the Ground    (2020) Available on Netflix.

Shows how turning from conventional farming to regenerative farming will preserve our soil and have a big impact on carbon sequestration and combating climate change. 

Kiss the Ground    (Enliven Books 2017)

The book by Josh Tickle provides a deeper view of the subject of the documentary.

Concrete: the most destructive material on Earth    (The Guardian, February 25, 2019)

The editor's pick for the best story in 2019, this article is a real eye-opener on the environmental effects of concrete. It was the first story in the Guardian's "concrete week," a series of articles on the same theme.

The Rent Collector    (Shadow Mountain, 2012)

A story of hope by Camron Wright, about a young family scavenging for recyclables from a dump in Cambodia.