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Protecting our oceans by banning plastic grocery bags statewide: Millions of pounds of plastic trash are floating in our ocean, killing hundreds of marine animals every year. CALPIRG collected over fifty thousand public comments from students across the state to ban bags and reduce ocean pollution. Together we helped ban bags in Los Angeles, the Bay Area, Santa Cruz, Davis and Santa Barbara adding up to over 110 cities and counties who have passed similar ordinances. Finally, in August of 2014, the CA legislature voted to ban bags statewide. To celebrate, we brought our giant inflatable sea turtle on a campus tour to thank everyone for their support in protecting marine wildlife.
Winning our Million Clean Cars campaign: Cars are one of California’s largest sources of global warming pollution. We collected thousands of public comments, hosted clean car shows on campus, and lobbied the state legislature to get a million electric vehicles on the road in the next ten years to reduce pollution. Thanks to all of the people power we built, Governor Brown signed the Charge Ahead California Initiative into law this past August.
Working to reduce water usage to alleviate the drought: California is facing the worst drought in history. Hundreds of students signed pledges this fall to take simple steps in their daily lives to reduce your water usage. We also made an educational video about water usage on campus.
Helping thousands of students get out to vote: This year we helped thousands of students register to vote in the mid-term election. But even if students are registered, sometimes they forget to actually vote. So we made two thousand calls to students, reminding them to vote on election day.
Working to solve global warming through solar power: We have to get more of our energy from clean, renewable sources if we want to avoid the worst impacts of global warming. Fortunately, we have lots of clean energy in California because we’re one of the sunniest places on earth. So we’re working to get cities across the state to adopt ambitious solar policies. We brought solar panels to campus and used them to charge blenders and hand out free solar smoothies, as well as collected close to 10,000 petitions this fall and met with city council leaders in 6 cities.
Whether it’s supporting a more sustainable California, working to get big money out of politics, or making textbooks more affordable - we are only successful because of student support and participation.
With the combination of your continued support and our professional staff advocating on our behalf, we will keep making a big difference on the issues that matter to students.
We look forward to what 2015 will bring!
Rob Holland, Board Chair
Heather Goold, Vice-Chair
Murong Li, Secretary
UC Berkeley 2016
Baldwin Ngai, Treasurer
Kendal Drucker, At-Large
Monica Kim, At-Large
UC Santa Cruz 2014
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