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OAKLAND, CA –The organization formerly known as The California League of Conservation Voters today launched their new name, California Environmental Voters. The name California Environmental Voters (EnviroVoters) more accurately represents the evolution of the organization’s mission: to build the power to solve the climate crisis, advance justice, and create a global roadmap for action.
“Voters across the state and party lines agree – protecting our environment and solving the climate crisis are top priorities,” said Mary Creasman, Chief Executive Officer of California Environmental Voters. “We’re going to need everyone in the fight against the climate crisis, and California Environmental Voters meets the current moment. Conservation remains a critical part of our mission, but solving the climate crisis will require a transformation of our economy towards clean energy solutions that phase out oil and gas industries, the single largest source of global warming. Significant climate progress requires building power across California to solve the climate crisis, advance racial justice, and create an all-encompassing global roadmap for action.”
CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL VOTERS (EnviroVoters) reflects the expansion of the organization’s priorities for an approach to solve the climate crisis. In addition to conservation, natural resources, and public lands, this includes looking at policies in the areas of a clean energy economy, workforce transition, transportation and land use, and toxics and pollution.
“The climate crisis is here and it demands bold action to prevent even more devastating impacts,” said Senator Alex Padilla. “We must prioritize making the investments necessary to protect California’s most vulnerable communities. I look forward to fighting alongside California Environmental Voters to ensure a bright future for us all.”
“Our state’s families, children, and communities are seeing climate disasters happening in real time, but it will only continue to get worse if we don’t act,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon. “California has been a global leader in responding to climate change, and we must continue this trend of climate leadership. I’m excited to continue working with California Environmental Voters on the collective effort to protect our planet for current and future generations.”
“We have the solutions to stop climate change, but we lack the political will to do it at the rate and scale that’s needed. Californians are already grappling with worsening wildfires, drought, extreme heat, and pollution, and we must use all the tools at our disposal to protect our health and future. This means looking at climate justice, clean energy, and expanding democracy—along with conservation. Conservation alone will not solve the climate crisis and protect our future.” said Creasman.
Since the organization’s founding in 1972, scientists have called for significant climate action by 2030 in order to avoid climate catastrophe. Recently, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change raised a code red for humanity in their report, confirming that climate change is human-caused and unequivocal and further detailing scenarios depending on how much carbon emission levels are reduced. California, as the fifth largest economy in the world and a progressive environmental leader for decades, plays an outsized role in leading the transformation.
At CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL VOTERS (EnviroVoters) that means:
Building power to include underrepresented voices from communities of color—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, AAPI and other people of color, who have been bearing the biggest burdens of the pollution-based economy for generations—to have a voice in the democratic process.
Using climate action to advance justice, and
Creating a global roadmap for bold climate action which exports solutions to the climate crisis globally. Our vision is to build resilient, connected, healthy communities, and create a democracy and economy that is just and sustainable for all.