Despite a severe erosion of federal environmental protections and an alarming increase in climate-related natural disasters, 2017 has been full of powerful community building and climate action.
This year it became crystal clear that leadership would come not from the federal government but from cities, states, and the people – and did we show up!
- We marched for science, rallied for the climate, and passed 100% renewable energy goals in the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta.
- We successfully advocated for renewable energy instead of gas-fired peaker plants at Ellwood and Puente – a trend we hope will continue.
- We worked to create a more sustainable food system through a pilot project in Los Olivos that is demonstrating how agricultural land can better absorb carbon and create healthier soil.
As we close out this year with our community recovering from the Thomas Fire, I urge you to contribute generously to groups providing relief services to our impacted friends and neighbors.
I also ask you to consider supporting CEC's work to minimize and reverse the effects of climate change.
Your contributions will count for double thanks to a concerned fellow citizen who has offered to match all gifts up to $10,000 made by December 31.
Those who are able to donate $100 (just $9 per month) or more to CEC will also receive a reusable utensil and straw set in a handy carrying case to help #ditchplastic.