San Leandrans' Greatest Climate Fear? Wildfires.


We recently completed nine “community listening sessions” with topics ranging from neighborhood health concerns to whether more green spaces and parks or community gardens would better improve our City.  One of these questions “Which of These Climate Change Concerns is most Important to you?” got a clear response: wildfires weigh most heavily on the minds of San Leandrans.   Wildfires threaten not just our homes and lives, but have serious consequences to our health.  Wildfire smoke is made up of particulate matter (PM2) - and contains chemicals that are released when plastic and other harmful materials burn in homes and businesses.  [Keep Reading] 

My New Solar Panels, or What Would it Take For All Homes To Go Green? 


For five months now I’ve had solar panels on my house in San Leandro's Davis East neighborhood. But while that’s the most visible part of my effort to make my own, climate-friendly energy, it’s only half the battle. The other is electrification and batteries. Electrification—switching to electric appliances—because renewable energy from the sun does little good if a home’s stove, water heater and HVAC run on natural gas, a fossil fuel. And batteries because we use most energy in the evening when there’s least sun, so to be truly self-sufficient, we need to store day-time solar energy for when we’re ready to cook, watch TV and have lights on. [Keep Reading]

East Bay Green Home Tour on June 6 & 13, 10 AM - 2 PM


Are you wondering what other East Bay residents are doing to make their homes safer, healthier and eco-friendlier? Spread over two Sundays, the East Bay Green Home Tour visits 12 homes where green features include solar systems, electrification, insulation and weather stripping, Electric vehicles & bikes, wildlife habitat gardens, rainwater catchment, water conservation, reuse and more. Don’t miss Stefanie’s San Leandro home featured on June 13!

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Dutch Court Orders Oil Giant Shell to Cut Carbon Emissions 45% by 2030 in Landmark Climate Case: Via First Post
Recent court orders enforcing Shell to significantly cut their carbon emissions is a win for climate activists. Aside from the impact on this specific company, this ruling will serve as an example for any future similar environmental court cases.

The Math Isn't Adding Up On Forests and CO2 Reductions: Via The Verge
Forests & the natural process of trees intaking CO2 is a natural service that polluters rely on to “cancel out” the emissions they produce. However, looking closer into the numbers reveals that reduction in CO2 emissions is not actually achieved by this method.

I've Seen A Future Without Cars, and It's Amazing: Via The New York Times
The use of cars has decreased during the pandemic, leading to freer streets, and less accidents. Many have realized the benefits of the decreased car dependency that came as a result of the pandemic, and believe that this pattern should continue to be upheld as urban areas open up again. 

People of Color Breathe More Hazardous Air. The Sources Are Everywhere: Via The New York Times
Studies show that people of color are disproportionately exposed to harmful pollutants that come from sources of all kinds: ranging from highways, to chemical plants that are built nearby communities of color.

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