Friends Committee on Legislation of California affirms that the Quaker values of truth, justice, social health and peace are fundamentally linked to and connected to our relationship with the earth.
We envision a society that:
- is fueled by 100% renewable resources;
- creates no toxic substances and no “waste”;
- revitalizes and regenerates the health of the earth’s living systems;
- ensures quality-of-life for all beings; and
- ensures that all people can be full environmental stewards and participate in public environmental decision-making, regardless of economic or geographic condition.
We are supporting:
Senate Bill 270 (Padilla, De Leon and Lara) will help reduce the massive amounts of single-use plastic bags that are currently a large source of urban runoff and
marine debris in California.
By mandating the use of reusable and recyclable shopping bags, SB 270 will significantly reduce the use of the single-use plastic bags that are such a big contributor to California’s flow of marine debris to the vast swirling patch of the North Pacific known as “the garbage patch,” helping to preserve the viability of the ecosystems of the Pacific Ocean for future generations.
Assembly Bill 1961 (Eggman) requires each county with significant agricultural land resources to develop a sustainable farmland strategy by January 2, 2018.
Over 900,000 acres of farmland have been withdrawn from agricultural production
over the last 30 years, mostly for residential development. Protecting
farmlands is therefore vital in the fight against urban sprawl and to reinvest
and develop our existing urban spaces in more sustainable ways.
Since most of the planning that affects agriculture takes place at the county level,
it is vital to ensure that every county is developing its own plan to protect farmland.
The negative environmental and social impacts of transforming farmland
into new suburban subdivisions can be minimized by strategically planning how
agricultural land is zoned and protected from development.
Senate Bill 1132 (Leno and Mitchell) requires a moratorium on fracking, a method of oil and gas production that involves blasting millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and toxic chemicals, under high pressure deep into the earth. It also requires a moratorium on well
stimulation by acidization, which uses corrosive acids to dissolve rock and release oil and gas. There are grave concerns about the impact of these practices on local air and water and the potential dangers to wildlife and human health.
The bill calls for a comprehensive report to be completed and submitted
to the governor and Legislature along with recommendations as to if,
how and where fracking activity can resume.
When one tugs at a single thing in nature he finds it is attached to the rest of the world.”
– John Muir