Call your Assemblymember – Support Climate Change Solutions!

Our State Legislature is taking on the future of California’s climate change laws and we need you to weigh in!

Will California continue to embrace increased renewable energy production, smart growth that protects our farmland, and sustainable agricultural solutions to climate change? Or will the oil industry prevail and prevent needed solutions to greater weather extremes and rising temperatures?

Your calls or emails to your Assemblymember are needed today. Let your representative know you support Senate Bill 32 (D-Pavley), which extends California’s climate change law to the year 2030, and you support investment in the Healthy Soils Initiative. Read more below.

The message is simple: “I’m calling to support Senate Bill 32 and the Healthy Soils Initiative. California agriculture is on the frontlines of climate change with greater weather extremes. SB 32 will support efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, avoid the worst of climate change impacts, and will make a difference in our communities. Also, I support funding for the Healthy Soils Initiative as part of the state’s climate change investments.” Give your name and town/city.

Find your Assemblymember. Since time is short, feel free to also send an email to your Assemblymember by using the “Contact” button on his or her website.

Background: Current law (AB 32) requires California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, a 20 percent cut in emissions. Senator Fran Pavley has proposed Senate Bill 32, which would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 1990 emission levels by 2030. The bill is headed to the Assembly floor for a vote this month.

CalCAN supports the bill as it seeks to avoid the worst impacts of climate change by supporting a diversity of strategies that help develop renewable energy, energy efficiency and many of the “climate smart” agriculture programs we’ve advocated for over the years.

Without extension of the California climate change law, the future of programs like the Healthy Soils Initiative, the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program, Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program, and Dairy Methane Program are in doubt. Read more about the debates about these climate change investments.

The legislature is also debating 2017 climate investments, including funding for the Healthy Soils Initiative–a program that will provide technical assistance and financial incentives for farmers and ranchers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and store more carbon in ag soils. Your call in support of the Healthy Soils Initiative is critical!

Make those calls (or send an email)! Let us know what you hear in response to your calls to your Assemblymember. Drop us a line: info@calclimateag.org.

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This article was submitted by the California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN). CalCAN is a coalition that advances policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture.

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