OUR LAST CHANCE: PROTECT CA COMMUNITIES FROM FOSSIL FUELS

Background

 

Last Chance Alliance unites over 750 climate, environmental, youth, health, faith, labor and community organizations in addressing the climate, health, and environmental justice emergency caused by California’s oil and gas industry. We are calling on Governor Newsom and elected leaders across California to:

 

  1. ROLL out setback limits. Begin by first phasing out oil production in places that are suffering most from the impacts of fossil fuel extraction—by creating a 2500-foot health and safety buffer zone between fossil-fuel infrastructure and homes, schools, and other sensitive sites.
  2. STOP new fossil fuel projects. Stop issuing new permits for oil and gas extraction, fossil fuel infrastructure, and petrochemical projects, including oil refineries.
  3. DROP existing production. Become the first oil-producing state to announce a phase-out of all oil and gas production with a just and fair transition that protects workers, communities, and economies.



Why This Matters

California remains one of the top oil-producing states in the country, extracting around 200 million barrels per year. 

The science is clear that a just transition off fossil fuels is critical to avert catastrophic climate change, and that oil drilling is a daily health emergency for youth and frontline communities. 5.4 million Californians live within a mile of an active oil well. After studying the health effects of oil drilling in 2015, California’s own state scientists proposed setbacks as a policy solution to protect community health from toxic chemicals used in drilling. 

Drilling in California occurs disproportionately in low-income communities of color already suffering from some of the worst air quality in the nation. More than three quarters of over 20,000 wells permitted during Jerry Brown’s last two terms as Governor were sited in low-income communities or communities of color. 

Governor Newsom has the executive authority to not only address this crisis, but also set a global standard for climate leadership prioritizing justice and equity for young people, frontline communities and workers at every stage of the process. 

As young people, we organized strikes with thousands of people across California and explicitly called on Governor Newsom to take action on fossil fuel pollution in our state. In the name of our health and future, we need the Governor take action now and side with us, the people, over fossil fuel CEOs.

What Can You Do To Get Involved?

SIGN the petition to urge Governor Newsom take just and transformative climate action to phase out oil production in California, starting with immediate health and safety protections for frontline communities. 

CALL Governor Newsom’s office to tell him that this is our last chance to lead a just transition away from fossil fuels and protect millions of Californians. Find phone instructions and script HERE.

JOIN a youth-led action in Sacramento, asking Gov Newsom to step up and protect our communities, our health, and our climate. (Note: This action is being re-scheduled but WILL happen in the next months!) Learn more at  bit.ly/yva1028