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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
Environmental groups that had opposed restart were quick to applaud the decision. “Shutting down San Onofre is the right thing to do,” said Michelle Kinman, with Environment California, in a prepared statement. “Shutting down this nuclear plant will best protect public safety and the environment.”