Earth’s Advocate

 

Tell California Lawmakers to Vote “YES” for Climate Action!

CLIMATE ALERT: Tell California Lawmakers to Vote “YES” for Climate Action! Here is your chance to speak out and make a real difference in the fight against climate change today. Senate Bill 350 (de León), which has passed the Senate and is now in the Assembly, calls for ambitious but necessary changes on a short timeline: http://ecovote.org/ClimateAction Increase from one-third to 50 percent our electricity derived from renewable sources; Reduce today’s petroleum use in cars and trucks by up to 50 percent; Double the energy efficiency of existing buildings; And accomplish all of the above by the year 2030. It’s critical that elected officials make the right choice and support SB 350, because it will have major consequences for all of us: our families, our neighbors, and all those who will come after us. Make sure lawmakers know how voters like you feel about climate change: Send a message to your Assemblymember now and urge a YES vote on SB 350!... read more

Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On September 22nd, the Morro Bay City Council will deliberate on whether to support or oppose the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  As a member of San Luis Obispo County, we urge you to attend this meeting and support the sanctuary. Meeting location details: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA At this meeting you will have a chance to speak when the council prepares to discuss the agenda item on the sanctuary. (Note: Not during the general public comment period for items not on the agenda, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.)  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Here are topic points you should share with Councilmembers: I support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination Share you simple message of support.  Ideas you can include in your message: It is time for permanent protection for our coast Oil is not good for fishing We want “Big Blue Live” in our part of the ocean (see http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/) Sanctuaries are good for our coastal economy Support the nomination and give our communities a chance to have this discussion There will be Sanctuary opponents at the meeting.  If you want to use your time to respond to one or two of those arguments, the best source is the September issue of the Santa Lucian, newsletter of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  (See “Sanctuary’s Foes,” page 2.) Remarks delivered in person are always more powerful and carry the most weight with the council.  But if you can’t make it to the meeting, please send an email to: cjohnson@morro-bay.ca.us, jheadding@morro-bay.ca.us, nsmukler@morro-bay.ca.us, jirons@morro-bay.ca.us Identify... read more

Upcoming NRC meeting – August 5th, 2015

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) will be in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, August 5th and will hear Public Comment on environmental review issues for license renewal at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Units 1 and 2.  This will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in San Luis Obispo, at 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd. 1:30-430pm, 7:00-10:00 pm. As shared on the NRC website, both sessions will be preceded by a one-hour open house.  You may pre-register to present oral comments by contacting Michael Wentzel, at 800-368-5642, ext. 6459, or by e-mail at michael.wentzel@nrc.gov by this Friday, July 31, 2015.  You may also register to speak at the meeting. Mothers for Peace has asked the community to show up in force to counter the organized groups that are proclaiming nuclear energy as clean energy.  ECOSLO plans to have two representatives there, but we need more support. Click here to watch an excellent video on the true environmental costs of Nuclear Power. For additional information, please visit: http://mothersforpeace.org/mothers-for-peace-pushes-back-against-diablo-license-renewal... read more

Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

Coastal Cleanup day is an international event organized by the Ocean Conservancy.   The California Coastal Commission and local non-profit groups partner to plan the cleanup effort across California. Every year ECOSLO gathers community members to support this event.  The Cleanup would not be successful without volunteers just like you!  As a volunteer, you remove trash and debris from coastlines and waterways in SLO County as well as collect data that ECOSLO then reports back to the California Coastal Commission. This data is compiled into reports and used to influence policy. 2015 Coastal Cleanup Day information Volunteer sign-up (iVolunteer) Press and posters ECOSLO has been the San Luis Obispo County Coordinator for Coastal Cleanup Day since 2006. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or sponsored the event over the years.  The event would not be possible without you! 2015 Cleanup Sites: San Simeon Cove / Hearst State Beach San Simeon SB / Campground Moonstone Beach/Santa Rosa Creek Volunteers Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Moonstone Beach, Cambria Estero Bluffs Cayucos Pier 24th Street Cayucos Morro Strand Dog Beach Morro Strand North: SB Campground Morro Strand South: Hwy 41 Morro Rock / Morro Bay Harbor Morro Bay Sandspit (North) Morro Bay Sandspit (Central) Morro Bay Embarcadero Baywood Pier / Paradise Point Montana De Oro: Sandspit Montana De Oro: Spooners Cove Avila Beach Avila Beach Port San Luis San Luis Pier Volunteers Pirates Cove Shell Beach Pismo Beach/Grover Beach North Pismo Pier Olde Port Beach / Fisherman’s Beach Grover Beach Oceano Dunes SVRA Lake... read more