Fossil Fuel by Rail Puts Vulnerable Communities at Risk – Rally in Oakland, 7/21/15

Fossil Fuel by Rail Puts Vulnerable Communities at Risk - Rally in Oakland, 7/21/15
We may have some of the strongest climate targets and policies in the country, but that doesn’t offer much comfort to Californians who live along railroads that are transporting coal and crude oil. A new report by Communities for a Better Environment and ForestEthics show that 80% of the people who live closest to the… Read more »

Kad Smith, Climate Rider on Our Power

Kad Smith, Climate Rider on Our Power
“Our Power” was the cornerstone of my cross country voyage on the People’s Climate Train and march in New York City. “Our Power” is coined by the Climate Justice Alliance and focuses on empowering local living communities in just transitions and a radical shift from extreme energy use and dependence. More philosophically, Our Power represents… Read more »

Fracking During a Drought?

Fracking During a Drought?
Governor Brown has called for Californians to voluntarily cut back water use by 20% to help ease strain on our water resources during the drought. What he’s kept quiet about is the water-intensive fracking wells throughout the state that may be developed under oil-industry friendly SB 4. Each well uses an average of 5 million… Read more »

Plan Bay Area Adopted: Less Sprawl, More Transit for the Bay Area in 2040

Plan Bay Area Adopted: Less Sprawl, More Transit for the Bay Area in 2040
Anyone looking to rent an apartment, get a job, or even make a restaurant reservation in the Bay Area knows one thing for sure: the Bay Area is a place people want to be. By 2040, the population is projected to grow from seven million to nine million, heightening demand for housing and potentially putting… Read more »

Berkeley Earth Days: Cultivating an Environmentally Just Future

Berkeley Earth Days: Cultivating an Environmentally Just Future
What kinds of ecological connections inspire you? Some people seek refuge from cities in remote, rural places, while others flourish when they connect to nature alongside other people. Earth Day is a celebration that affirms our ties to plant and animal communities, but also to one another. By keeping social and environmental justice a central… Read more »