California is in a State of Emergency—we're taking action.
The worst of the bomb cyclone has finally passed, but now we have work to do. Our chapter leaders from across the state of California met on January 18 to discuss the devastation in their communities and share urgent needs for on-the-ground support.
The steps we’re taking:
- Widespread water contamination due to overflowing sewage has us on high alert. Our Blue Water Task Forces up and down the coast are conducting water quality testing and working with local officials to alert the public to keep them safe.
- Large amounts of debris, trash, and microplastics have been washed ashore. We’re organizing group beach cleanups and providing gear to volunteers who are cleaning up solo.
- Wherever communities have to rebuild, we’re advocating for nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, and smart climate adaptation so coastal communities will be more equipped to withstand climate-related storms and rising sea levels.
- We’re actively organizing to shut down Governor Newsom’s $6 billion budget cut proposal that would gut California’s environmental and climate programs, and leave communities less prepared for the next wave of climate-related storms.
- Wherever communities have to rebuild, we’re advocating for nature-based solutions, green infrastructure through our Ocean Friendly Gardens program, and smart climate adaptation so coastal communities will be more equipped to withstand climate-related storms and rising sea levels.
The recent bomb cyclone—a very large, intense atmospheric storm that loses pressure rapidly—and its disastrous consequences across California add to the unsettling evidence of a changing climate. At the heart of who we are, and what we do, we’re coastline defenders thanks to grassroots supporters like you.
You enable us to take action in times like these and continue our fight for climate-change adaptation before storms like these get worse.
Fund our California storm response to organize volunteer clean-ups, restore coastal communities’ treasured beaches, and protect them from future storms caused by climate change.
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