CIPL’s June 18 Sacramento Advocacy Day in Sacramento boasted the largest group of faith advocates yet. In over 15 years of supporting meaningful and effective climate and energy policy, 29 advocates from various parts of the state spoke with 53 legislative offices. Priority bills included: SB 210 (Leyva), requiring a “smog check” for heavy-duty trucks over 14,000 pounds that will, by 2030, be the equivalent of taking 375,000 trucks off the road; SB 127 (Wiener), aiming for “Complete Streets” that will increase safety of all road users, including pedestrians and bicyclists; SB 54 (Allen) and AB 1080 (Gonzalez), striving for a 75% reduction in plastic pollution by 2030; and AB 342 (Muratsuchi), prohibiting the use of state public lands from oil- and gas-related infrastructure that would support oil and gas production on federally protected lands.
For the third year, advocates gathered the evening before for a deeper dive into priority bills, fellowship and a chance to reflect on their role in caring for and protecting Earth and its inhabitants. Again, this event brought proved to be very popular with our community. Conversation starters included the phrases “I can’t stop thinking about…” and “Everything changed for me when…” Discussions abounded about plastic waste, recent scientific climate reports and deep concern of recent weather events, such as devastating flooding in the Midwest and California wildfires.
In the morning briefing, over breakfast provided by the Inn Off Capitol Park, Nicholas Romo from Senator Connie Leyva’s office spoke of the benefits of SB 210, while Jamie Morgan from the American Heart Association provided more details on SB 127. Both highlighted the environmental justice aspects of the respective bills, which will especially benefit communities disproportionately impacted by transportation pollution and unsafe streets.
The results of meetings with 53 offices varied. Some were sympathetic and underscored support in general for protection of state lands, as well as public health from plastic waste and big rig pollution. Others, especially in the Inland Empire and Central Valley were hesitant to stop oil and gas production because of job creation. Faith advocates highlighted the faith principle of protection of all Creation and encouraged all legislators to prioritize clean energy production as it relates to job creation and public health. A second Advocacy Day is planned for August 28. If you are interested in attending, contact Allis at firstname.lastname@example.org.