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Year end message from SanDiego350’s Executive Director

As we approach the end of 2022, I wanted to share some of SanDiego350’s accomplishments for the year and reflect on how the climate movement’s progress and momentum this year sets us up for bigger and bolder strategies in 2023. I also want to express my gratitude to our volunteers and donors who make everything we do possible. To me, 2022 is the year when I can first see all the hard work we’ve put in over the past decade really starting to pay off. It’s been a long time coming, and all of us should be proud of what

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A Roundup of COP27 with Firsthand Insights from Climate Activist Monica Nelson

By Deanna Alderson, Climate Writer The United Nations Climate Change Conference, the COP27, ended last month without a global commitment to phase out fossil fuels. Frustratingly, the deal reached at the end of the two-week summit did not attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions beyond the modest pledges made in Glasgow last year. The new agreement also made reference to “low-emissions energy,” which raised fears that some governments are looking to expand natural gas operations instead of transitioning to renewable energy.   This certainly wasn’t the bold, immediate action needed to drastically reduce global emissions, but there were a few encouraging

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Team Wins and Accomplishments in 2022

By Alexa Lewis-Rosenfeld, Communication and Marketing Team Co-leader As the 2022 comes to a close, it is a great time to reflect on SanDiego350’s momentous wins and accomplishments this past year. Our community worked relentlessly to fight climate change and climate injustice and it has paid off. See some of the highlights below. Food and Soil Team The Carbon Farming Working Group (CFWG) wrote a proposal to the County in 2021 asking that they include carbon sequestration from carbon farming techniques as a primary measure in revision of the Climate Action Plan (CAP).  The CFWG kept up the pressure in

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Post Election Wrap-Up

By Augusta Lewis, SanDiego350 intern Election Results: Proposition 1:  PassProposition 30: FailMeasure B:  PassMeasure C:  PassMeasure D:  Pass SanDiego350 sent out a November 2022 Ballot Measure Recommendation email that stated SanDiego350’s positions on the state propositions and San Diego City ballot measures related to climate change, the environment, and social justice. California state proposition and San Diego City ballot measure results have now been certified. Here are how the SanDiego350 endorsed ballot measures and state propositions did in the November 8th election. Measure B – PASSED 50.41% – Amend the People’s Ordinance to ensure equitable trash costs SanDiego350 recommended a

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A Climate-Friendly Holiday Season: SD350’s Guide to Celebrating Sustainably

By Deanna Alderson, Climate Writer Celebrating with family and friends is a wonderful way to share the joy of the holidays, but parties, presents and abundant feasts can have a hefty carbon impact. Here are a few ways to make your celebrations climate-friendly and ring in the holiday season sustainably. 1. Just say NO to food waste Americans throw away over 200 million pounds of leftover turkey during the holidays! It’s a staggering amount of waste, and most of this extra food ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and produces methane. Nearly a quarter of all waste in American

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THANK YOU volunteers! We appreciate you!

By Audrey Hilliard In recognition of this season of giving, we would like to thank all of our dedicated volunteers for helping us make an impact on the San Diego community! We wish to express our sincere gratitude for all of your hard work this year. We are so proud of what our teams have accomplished, just to name a few highlights: In addition to this, SanDiego350’s policy teams had some major wins this year, making great strides forward in several key areas such as state legislation (including passing a bill to create safety zones around oil wells), transportation, food

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25 Most Remarkable Teens Recipient: Keala Minna-Choe, Youth4Climate

We are so excited to announce that Keala Minna-Choe, Youth v. Oil team leader for SD350’s Youth4Climate, received the Remarkable Teen Award in the category of Civic Engagement! Read the article here. On Thursday, November 10th, The San Diego County Public Defender Office recognized 25 teens in San Diego for their accomplishments or contributions to the community as part of The Most Remarkable Teen program. Quote from Keala: “I am so grateful to be receiving the award for the 25 Most Remarkable Teens in the Civic Engagement category. None of this would have been possible without my advocacy at SD350,

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Climate Change and You

By Marilyn Bruno, Climate Writer In its latest report, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that, if the world wanted to restrict temperature rise to within 1.5 degree Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, then global greenhouse emissions needed to peak by 2025 “at the latest” – 3 years from now. This has been called the IPCC’s “now or never” warning, enforcing the agreement of 196 countries of the world at the Paris Accord in 2015. Now the IPCC is saying that the 1.5 degree goal will likely be missed in 2025. We are already

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Member of the Month: Tamarah Neuhaus

Member of the Month: Tamarah Neuhaus

How did you first get involved with SD350, and when was that? I attended a Climate Mobilization Rally with SD350 in 2017. After participating with the organization for a few years, I started working in 2019 with youth members and got involved with what eventually became the Youth4Climate350 group. What drives your activism?   As a parent and a retired educator, I feel very strongly about the importance of leaving a healthier planet to our youth. Addressing climate change is the most pressing issue of our time. What do you recommend to people who want to have a larger impact through

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Moving the Needle: Where SanDiego350 Policy Teams Made Progress in 2022

By Peter Sloan, Campaign Coordinator Climate policy is complex, affecting every area of society. After all, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has said for years that “limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society.” That’s what SanDiego350’s policy teams work on. Volunteer activists are moving climate justice forward in several key areas, at the local and state level. As we head into the winter holiday season, here are some highlights of where the policy teams made the most progress in 2022. Climate Action Plans (CAP) The City

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NOVEMBER 2022 BALLOT MEASURE RECOMMENDATIONS

SanDiego350 primarily takes positions on measures that relate directly to climate change, but we have also taken positions on some measures which relate to reforms we feel are important in working towards social justice. We believe that in order to achieve climate justice, we must also achieve social justice. Below is a summary of our positions, followed by a brief rationale for each one. Feel free to share our recommenda- tions with others. To learn more about registering to vote and casting your ballot, check out our voting guide.  Watch our discussion on these measures with Climate Hub partners here.

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Voter Information 2022 – Get Out and Vote!

November 8, 2022 is the general election and all California residents have the option of either voting by mail or in-person at a polling site. This year, for the first time, you can vote at any polling site in the county. Several important climate and social justice measures are on the ballot this year. Ensure that your voice is heard! Check out the information below for everything you need before casting your ballot. Important Dates: Information from County of San Diego Registrar of Voters www.sdvote.com, 858-565-5800 September 29: Voter information pamphlets mailed or emailed to registered voters. October 8: Mail-in

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Why SanDiego350 is Neutral on Proposition 30

Augusta Lewis, SanDiego350 Intern Most of the initiatives on the November ballot this year that affect climate or environmental issues were relatively straightforward calls for SanDiego350. But Proposition 30, which would increase taxes on the wealthy to fund electric vehicle incentives and wildfire prevention programs, was a tougher call. In the end, SanDiego350 weighed the pros and cons and settled on a neutral position. Read on to learn about the details of this controversial initiative. First things first; here is what Prop 30 does: Increase the tax on personal income above $2 million by 1.75% and dedicate revenue to zero-emission

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How Did Climate Bills Fare this Legislative Session?

By Denika Tamayo and Beth Chopp, Co-Chairs, Legislative Team Thanks to you, this year SanDiego350 helped make major progress on climate in California! The 2022 Legislative session concluded on August 31, and all of the outreach, comments, phone calls, emails, and texts that you made to the California Legislature made a big difference. Thank you, climate activists!With your help, SanDiego350 helped pass several of the climate bills we supported. Those bills are now signed into law by the Governor. Read on for all the details. A Major Victory . . . We Have a Setbacks Bill! You read that right!

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Why 350?: An Introduction to the Greenhouse Effect

By Austen Needleman When we hear about climate change, we also hear plenty of numbers: the Paris Agreement’s goal to limit warming to 1.5° Celsius, projections that sea levels will rise 10-12 inches in the next 30 years, and many more. There is also, of course, our organization’s name: 350.  Where does the name 350 come from, and how does it connect to climate change? 350 is the safe upper limit of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere, as measured in parts per million (ppm). We’re currently at 420ppm and rising about 2 ppm per year. While the amount of

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Students demand bold, immediate climate action at San Diego’s Global Youth Climate Strike

By Deanna Alderson, Climate Writer On September 23rd, over 3,000 young activists from across San Diego County joined the Global Youth Climate Strike to demand meaningful action on climate change. Hundreds of students rallied downtown before marching through the streets of San Diego, while others made their voices heard at a strike in Chula Vista. Students also held walkouts at their high schools, with over 20 schools participating in this day of direct action.  Though the activists were brimming with youthful enthusiasm, their message was serious and urgent: President Biden needs to declare a climate emergency now and Governor Newsom

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Indigenous knowledge is guiding the way toward climate resilience

By Deanna Alderson, SanDiego350 Climate Writer As California’s first environmental stewards, Indigenous Peoples have been managing the land and protecting native ecosystems for at least 10,000 years. Now, with climate change posing an unprecedented threat to our wild spaces, state officials are relying on the traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous tribes to forge a new path forward. However, Indigenous voices are still not centered in many land management decisions. California’s Forth Climate Change Assessment, published in 2018, highlighted the work of the North Fork Mono Tribe as an example of how our state’s mountainous forests could be successfully managed to

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Understanding Sustainable County Transit—A Conversation with Steven Gelb

By Aishik Saha, Climate Writer Transportation contributes nearly a quarter of American current CO2 emissions according to the International Energy Agency, a share that is growing due to increasing demand for larger and heavier vehicles and the growing e-commerce sector that requires road transportation to deliver goods. We interviewed Steven Gelb from the SanDiego350 Transportation Team to understand what can be done to bring down emissions related to transportation. What do we mean by Green Transportation? Steven: The term we tend to use is sustainable transportation more than green transportation. It refers to transportation that is not creating more greenhouse

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Three ways to be conscious this Halloween and why it is important

By Madison Beveridge, Climate Writer Halloween is almost here, and as the spookiest season approaches, the country is flocking to pumpkin patches, costume stores and stocking up on candy. But beyond ghosts and goblins, there are some other things that make this year’s festivities extra creepy: waste. Annually, Halloween produces a great deal of waste. Next to Christmas and Easter, Halloween is a time of year full of disposable, single-use items. From costumes to candy wrappers to decorations, an abundance of litter fills this holiday.  In addition to waste, the impact on our forests and natural resources is notable when

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Member of the Month: Austen Needleman

This month, we interviewed SanDiego350 volunteer, Austen Needleman to share about their climate activism. Austen is a dedicated member of SD350’s Marketing and Communications Team and Youth4Climate Adult Support Team. How did you first get involved with SD350, and when was that? Last March, I was looking for opportunities to get involved in environmental justice activism in San Diego. I joined an action hour, where I learned about the many volunteer teams I could be a part of, and was sold on SD350 as my new climate activist home! After trying out a few different teams, I landed on the

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