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Winning our Million Clean Cars campaign: Cars are one of California’s largest sources of global warming pollution. We collected thousands of public comments 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, in August, Governor Brown signed the Charge Ahead California Initiative into law. This fall, we celebrated by partnering with the campus CE-CERT program to host a clean car show, which also highlighted how UCR is leading the way in developing clean car technology.
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. In August of 2014, the CA legislature voted to ban bags statewide. You probably saw our giant sea turtle on campus - she says thank you for your support.
Working to reduce water usage to alleviate the drought: California is facing the worst drought in history. Hundreds of you signed pledges to take simple steps in your daily lives to reduce your water usage. We also made an educational video about water usage on campus. Check it out and thanks for taking the pledge!
Helping thousands of students get out to vote: When you use your vote, we raise our voice. This year we helped thousands of students statewide register to vote in the mid-term election, including over 800 at UCR. But even if students are registered, sometimes they forget to actually vote. So we made two thousand reminder 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 - we’re one of the sunniest places on earth. So we’re working to get cities across the state to adopt ambitious solar policies, including right here in Riverside. UCR is a leader in solar power - we just installed a massive solar farm right next to campus. But we need Riverside to do more, which is why we’ll be continuing to focus on this into 2015.
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!
Happy New Year and thanks again,
Baldwin Ngai, Chapter Chair
Semi Cole, Vice-Chair
Dinah Muhammed, Board Member
Angela Rivera and Douglas Castro, Water Watch Campaign Coordinators
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