Earth Day 2020

It’s surreal to say the least — celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day — in the midst of a global pandemic, while the current administration is gutting the environmental legislation that has protected our nation for decades.

Novel coronavirus is not an isolated issue, but touches every aspect of our lives. We recognize how it interconnencts with all that we in 350 Santa Barbara have been fighting for — a healthy, sustainable, livable world, and an economy to match. Now is the time to take care of each other and, for those of us who have the resources, to reimagine how we want to show up for each other in our communities.

 

Tell California Regulators: No Drilling Where We Are Living

CalGEM – the CA regulatory agency overseeing oil and gas well operations – is revising health and safety regulations for the oil and gas industry. The comment period is open until May 1. 

Tell Governor Newsom: No Fracking

While Californians struggle to protect their families during the COVID-19 crisis, and on the same day the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo moved to ban fracking, the Newsom Administration just quietly approved 24 new fracking permits that will further threaten public health. 

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/tell-gov-newsom-stop-permitting-another-public-health-crisis/ 

Redirecting/Donating stimulus money:

If you are not in need and feel any amount of your stimulus check would be better used elsewhere, we believe donating directly to your fellow community members most vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 would be a good way to start. Here are a few funds and entities whose work might resonate with you and support. This list is by no means all-encompassing.

  • 805 UndocuFund
    • Despite paying income taxes, some immigrant households will not receive a stimulus check. The 805 UndocuFund is a collective effort among Ventura and Santa Barbara County-based grassroots organizations to assist local undocumented immigrant individuals and families who are excluded from federally funded safety net programs; that have been economically impacted by the loss of their homes, wages, and/or employment due to disasters in our community like wildfires, mudslides, and the novel coronavirus.
  • Direct Relief
    • Goleta-based, international medical relief organization that has been supporting SB County’s need for personal protective equipment (PPE) that frontline workers so desperately need.
  • PATH Santa Barbara
    • PATH helps people find permanent housing and provides case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Sheltering and supporting the houseless population is also protecting public health.
  • Family Service Agency (FSA)
    • Established in 1899, FSA improves the health and well-being of our community’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors by ensuring access to food, shelter and other basic needs, as well as providing youth mentoring, case management, advocacy, and mental health programs
  • Carpinteria Children’s Project
    • Carpinteria Children’s Project aims to provide essential services while taking proactive steps to protect families and our staff members from further spread of COVID-19.
  • Food Bank Santa Barbara County
    • The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is ensuring the nutritional health of all residents of Santa Barbara County as the COVID-19 impacts the well-being of our communities.Guided by their Disaster Feeding Plan, which was developed in partnership with professional disaster and emergency response agencies, Food Bank SBC has increased food distributions, implemented social distancing in addition to our usual food safety and sanitation procedures, and are delivering needed groceries to seniors.
  • Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM)
    • CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

Upcoming Hearings:

    • The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Aera – one of the two companies proposing to drill for oil in Northern Santa Barbara County – will be released in June. At that point, there will be an opportunity for the community to comment. Keep an eye out and sign up to be notified of upcoming actions.
    • The Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Exxon – who is pursuing permits to truck oil up 101 in order to restart 3 offshore oil rigs – will be released in July. At that point, there will be an opportunity for the community to comment. Keep an eye out and sign up to be notified of upcoming actions.

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