We all know that burning oil, gas, and coal has polluted our air, water, and land for decades – and now it’s changing the climate even faster than scientists feared it would.

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for ourselves and generations to come. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.

A 100 percent clean energy future means shifting from dirty energy to completely clean energy sources wherever and however we can. Renewable energy is abundant, cost efficient and growing rapidly.

We could power the nation ten times over with available wind resources, and existing solar potential provides more than 100 times our current energy needs.

Between 2009 and 2014, the cost of solar electricity in the United States fell by 78% and the cost of wind energy dropped 58%.

Major corporations including Google, Facebook, General Motors, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca-Cola have committed to powering their operations entirely with renewable energy.

Standing in the way of this progress, of course, are the fossil fuel companies. Time and time again they have demonstrated their ability and willingness to block the shift to clean energy wanted by most Americans. Despite all of their hard work, we’re making progress.

We’ve been organizing to get our college campuses, cities, and states to make commitments towards 100% clean, renewable energy.  By mobilizing students, faculty, campus administration, and elected officials; and demonstrating excitement in our communities for clean energy, we can and have seen results.

Victory!

In Fall 2018, we won our campaign to pass SB100, which committed the state of California to getting 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2045. Days after the state legislature passed SB100, the UC system committed to 100% clean electricity by 2025 and cited CALPIRG’s 100% renewable energy campaign as a reason why they made the commitment.

Now, we are continuing our work to move our state towards 100% clean energy.

If the past year tells us anything, it’s that we can’t wait any longer to reduce our emissions. So we’re mobilizing people all over our state and calling on our state leaders to speed up our transition to a 100% clean, renewable energy future.

In winter we delivered 19,000 petitions to the governor’s office and 50 endorsements, but there’s more to do! We are coordinating lobby meetings with elected officials, gathering video testimonials from climate experts and local nonprofit leaders, and working with our team and coalition partners to host the largest gathering of climate activists on the west coast for our California Climate Action Summit on Earth Day.

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