Every Day Should Be Earth Day
A devastating oil spill off of our coast in 1969 gave birth to the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. More than four decades later, our beautiful region and coastline continue to inspire my commitment to environmental stewardship and that of so many others. In the state Capitol, I am working to continue my long-standing efforts to preserve our vital natural resources.
- Fracking: I am the co-author of Senate Bill 1132, which would place a moratorium on the oil and gas extraction process known as fracking until we are certain it poses no risks to our health, environment, and economic sustainability. I am also working to hold federal regulators accountable for off-shore fracking.
- Commuter Rail: As Chair of the Select Committee on Passenger Rail, I have advocated for greater funding for commuter rail, so we can get out of our cars and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
- Green Energy: I am the author of a bill which identifies the amount of green energy that can be cost-effectively incorporated into our electrical grid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Pesticide Protections: I am the author of legislation to strengthen pesticide exposure protections by requiring that residents and schools be notified of impending pesticide applications and when workers can safely re-enter fields.
- Clean Water: I have been working for more than a year on legislation to help create the nation's first statewide drug take-back program, so unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs stay out of our water supply. Although my statewide legislation is on hold for the next several months, I plan to continue with this important issue next year.
What do you think our priorities should be for ensuring a greener California? I'd love to hear from you. Stay in touch also by Facebook and Twitter.
Happy Earth Day,
Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
State Senator, 19th Senate District