Californians, mark your calendars…for the year 2030.
That’s the new goalpost for our state’s ambitious climate goals that are keeping California at the forefront of global climate action.
With the Governor’s signing of SB 32 and AB 197 earlier this month, California has extended and strengthened our state’s effort to combat climate change. Building on the vision of AB 32, which set an initial goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, SB 32 increases the goal for GHG reduction to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
TransForm worked with allies across several coalitions to build support to pass SB 32, despite intense opposition from polluters. Together with AB 197, which directs the Air Resources Board (ARB) to protect the state’s most disadvantaged communities when developing climate change programs, SB 32 not only extends our state’s climate efforts, it makes them stronger and more equitable.
California’s climate leadership has gotten plenty of press, but we haven’t seen nearly as much coverage of the real impact these policies will have — and are already having — on our communities. That’s why we created ClimateBenefitsCA.org, a searchable online map of all the programs funded by the California Climate Investments Program (formerly the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund).
The California Climate Investments Program has put a wonderfully wide range of projects on the map over the past two years, including new bus and rail service, free and discounted transit pass programs, affordable housing developments near transit, installation of drip irrigation and soil monitoring systems on farms and ranches, and reforestation and wetland rehabilitation, just to name a few. We update the project information on the site in real time, and have added more than 140 new projects over the last couple of months.
While SB 32 and AB 197 provide the destination and guidance for how to get there, the exact course we’ll take toward 2030 has yet to be defined. TransForm will continue working with our allies to ensure that we create effective and data-driven GHG reduction plans that prioritize transportation and housing choices. And we’ll continue to show how climate investments are improving people’s lives on ClimateBenefitsCA.org, so everyone can see the positive impact of our state’s ambitious efforts over time.
We need strong and equitable policies and investments to curb climate change and achieve a healthy and prosperous future for all communities – especially in places that are struggling with the burden of past economic and environmental injustice. Climate BenefitsCA.org makes it easy to see how those investments add up, what they do, where they are, and who they help.
We’d like to see more advocates, lawmakers, and reporters using the site to tell the stories of how California’s climate program is improving people’s lives while reducing climate pollution. See for yourself: ClimateBenefitsCA.org