Earth Day 2021: The Time is Now
Earth Day is today and we’re in a climate crisis. As sea levels rise and threaten coastal cities and towns, storms intensify -- resulting in catastrophic hurricanes, tornadoes, and polar storms, and annual wildfires ravage homes and result in toxic smoke, we all know that real action is required now and cannot be delayed any further.
Although it traditionally leads the nation in climate action, California is NOT currently on track to meet the state’s 2030 goals for greenhouse gas reductions. The current Bakersfield - Merced high speed rail infrastructure project is the backbone of the San Francisco - Los Angeles high speed rail line that will dramatically shift travel patterns away from reliance on fossil fuel emission producers -- cars, trucks and planes -- over to trains that run on 100% renewable electricity.
Bringing high speed rail to California’s Central Valley is an issue of climate justice for people living in the area which frequently tops the list for most polluted places in the United States, and where 1 in 6 children suffer from asthma.
The future of high speed rail in California hinges on the appropriation of funds by the California legislature for the Bakersfield to Merced high speed rail infrastructure project. Legislators will make a decision on the funds within the next month and we need to take action now to ensure they make the right decision.
Take Action Now:
- Send an Email to California Assemblymembers in Less Than a Minute: Use this form to send an email to Sacramento lawmakers.
- Petition Lawmakers in Less Than 30 Seconds: Sign this petition supporting the CAHSR Business Plan to build the high speed rail backbone that will eventually connect San Francisco and Los Angeles.
- Share this page with 10 Friends and/or Family Members Living in California: Getting lawmakers to notice the scale of this campaign will be key to its success. Forward this page to 10 California voters in your network and ask them to sign the petition and send emails to their Assemblymembers ASAP.