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We banned the bag in 100 communities.

In 2013, more cities and counties stood up to protect Pacific wildlife and passed bans on single-use plastic grocery bags. Now, more than 90 communities in California, from Marin to Los Angeles, are living bag free. Thanks to citizen support, California now has a network of 124 underwater state parks that protect our coast and wildlife.

News Release | Environment California

President Obama’s Climate Plan a Clear Victory for California, Future Generations

Today, President Obama announced a climate plan that will set limits on carbon pollution from power plants, advance energy efficiency and increase the nation’s commitment to renewable energy. In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, the president’s plan to address global warming was loudly applauded by Environment California and many others.

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News Release | Environment California

Pres. Obama to Unveil Plan to Address Climate Change

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, record drought in many states, and wildfires in Colorado, Pres. Obama has announced he will unveil a climate action plan on Tuesday designed to cut the carbon pollution fueling global warming and advance clean energy solutions. Environment California and many other organizations applauded the announcement.  

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News Release | Environment California

Sonoma County, Richmond ban plastic bags

Richmond, CA – Richmond became the first city in Contra Costa County to ban plastic bags. Meanwhile, while the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved participation in a joint plastic bag ban with Sonoma’s incorporated cities.

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News Release | Environment California

Unanimous State Legislature Votes to Expand Yosemite National Park

Sacramento, CA – The California Assembly unanimously passed a resolution in support of expanding Yosemite National Park, joining a unanimous California Senate. The proposal would add nearly 1,600 acres of soaring, conifer-studded hillsides and alpine meadows to Yosemite. The land was originally part of Yosemite, but Congress stripped its protection in a 1906 concession to industrial interests. The state resolution calls on Congress to remove legal barriers to righting this historic wrong.

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News Release | Environment California

Los Angeles Enacts Plastic Bag Ban

“This important step forward for Los Angeles shows once again that we can achieve lasting victories for ocean and environmental health,” said Nathan Weaver with Environment California. “Banning plastic bags is the right choice to protect our rivers, beaches, and the Pacific Ocean. With one in three Californians living somewhere with a plastic bag ban, It’s only a matter of time until California bans plastic bags statewide. I applaud the Los Angeles City Council and Senator Padilla for their leadership on this issue.”

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