Holding signs reading “I Heart Solar Power” and “Go Solar CA,” the children held back-to-back events with Sen. Kevin de León and Assemblymember Gomez to rally for solar power, clean air, and environmental responsibility. Before a crowd gathered under the Capitol Rotunda, the children sang “Here Comes the Sun” and “Solar Power to the People,” conveying their vision for California, including Los Angeles, to be powered by clean energy.
Over 300 children from the Betty Plasencia Elementary School in Echo Park assembled at City Hall this morning to rally in support of a solar-powered future for Los Angeles. Carrying signs reading “I Heart Solar Power” and “Go Solar L.A.,” and singing songs such as “Here Comes the Sun” and “Solar Power to the People,” the children conveyed a vision of their hometown being powered by clean energy.
Gathered on the top floor of City Hall, with a vast expanse of Los Angeles rooflines in plain view, abroad coalition of elected officials, leading businesses, public health professionals, environmental groups and veterans rallied behind an unparalleled goal to make Los Angeles the nation’s solar power leader. The group is calling on Los Angeles to meet 20 percent of its energy needs with rooftop solar power by 2020 and gathered today, in part, to release a new Environment California Research & Policy Center report, Solar in the Southland, detailing the environmental and economic benefits of rooftop solar for Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, April 16, ocean conservation advocates and experts from across California will convene at the California State Capitol for Ocean Day. Efforts to lessen sea level rise impacts, reduce marine debris, and implement the Marine Life Protection Act have created a groundswell of support for smart and science-based ocean policy. Residents and activists will meet with legislators to send the message that marine conservation should continue to be a priority for the state. With California’s ocean economy driving $43 billion in revenue and nearly 400,000 jobs each year, sustainable management is a wise investment.
After another year in which many parts of the country were hit by scorching heat, devastating wildfires, crippling drought, severe storms and record flooding, a new Environment California Research & Policy Center report finds that weather-related disasters are already affecting hundreds of millions of Americans, and documents how global warming could lead to certain extreme weather events becoming even more common or more severe in the future.