What to do now that climate disruption is the new norm

The devastation from Hurricane Laura brings important fossil fuel lessons to California

Wildfires fueled by climate change are raging across California. Photo credit: Shutterstock

As smoke and wildfires rage across California, as blackouts persist from centralized power grid failures, as rolling brownouts undermine access to reliable electricity, as the impacts of climate change escalate, as communities choke on toxic pollution, many Californians are left wondering: What can we do to protect ourselves here at home?

Activists march in opposition to a refinery expansion proposal at the Phillips 66 refinery in San Francisco, California. Photo credit: Stand.earth

No new fossil fuel infrastructure

A moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure would mean no new gas pipelines, no new gas stations, no new oil storage facilities, and no new refineries. It means a cleaner, greener future with all-electric homes, cars, and buildings.

Over reliance on central energy grids exposes local communities to risks on multiple levels, which is why climate activists are calling for California‘s local leaders to support a distributed model of renewable energy generation and storage. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Support renewable energy and storage

That’s why Californians desperately need local leaders to support a distributed model of renewable energy generation and storage.

Start the decommissioning conversation

Cities and counties can, and should, take the lead on ensuring access to clean transportation and better public transit, and they can do all of this in an equitable way.

Activists speak out against a refinery expansion proposal in Rodeo-Crockett, California. Photo credit: Stand.earth

State leaders need to walk their talk

Cities and counties can lead the way off of fossil fuels. Now it’s left to local citizens to make it happen. Join the SAFE Cities movement at https://www.stand.earth/SAFE.

We challenge corporations and governments to treat people and the environment with respect, because our lives depend on it. www.stand.earth