On May 27, the Pasadena Planning Commission is reviewing a project for consistency with the City’s adopted General Plan. The St. John/Pasadena Ave. Capacity Project includes adding an additional right-turn lane from California Blvd. on to Pasadena Ave. and adding a second left-turn lane from the freeway exit on to California Blvd. Not only does this project not meet the City’s purported goals, but it will have significant impacts on the safety of Sequoyah students, residents, and the environment, all for the sole intended purpose of moving cars faster (which it likely won’t even do).
On May 4, Pasadena City Council temporarily lifted the city’s plastic bag ban in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Write a letter asking Pasadena City Council to immediately reinstate Pasadena’s bag ban and increase fact-based communication with the public regarding the safety of reusable items.
The climate emergency, and what our elected leaders are doing to address it, is an urgent political priority for Pasadena voters in 2020. The systemic change required to address this emergency starts at the local level, which is why Pasadena residents are looking for bold, fearless leadership to decrease our city’s biggest contributions to climate chaos: car emissions, wasteful water, power, and trash infrastructure, and outdated building design. Voters will have the chance to ask how candidates will act on these critical issues in February’s Pasadena Climate Action Forum, organized by Pasadena youth and a coalition of climate action organizations.
Send a letter to the Mayor and city council members asking them to declare a climate emergency in Pasadena.
Pasadena’s Climate Action Plan, adopted in March 2018, does not go far enough. Unlike the Green New Deal, the Pasadena CAP does not call for 100% renewable energy in the City of Pasadena.
Tell Pasadena City Council members Tyron Hampton (District 1), Margaret McAustin (District 2), John J. Kennedy (District 3), Gene Masuda (District 4), Victor M. Gordo (District 5), Steve Madison (District 6), and Andy Wilson (District 7) that they need to step up and support a Green New Deal both locally and federally, not accept over $200 from anyone in the fossil fuel industry, and prioritize our health, climate, and democracy. Without their pledge, we will not be able to trust them with our futures.
With the consequences of climate change becoming ever more clear and dire with each passing day, a new powerful wave of the climate movement has been swelling up over the last couple of years. Young people around the world have been rising up to defend our future, and have been going on strike – every week, all over the planet – for months. In the September Climate Strikes alone, 7.6 million people around the world and 500+ in Pasadena took to the streets with us.
But our movement isn’t going anywhere. Now, we are preparing for the next wave of Climate Strikes.
On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis.
In the US, youth and adults, institutional and grassroots organizations, climate-focused and social justice groups, are coming together as a unified front to demand the change we need to save our future. The youth have been leading the way and demanding bolder action, and now it’s time for everyone else to back them up.
To accomplish this, a youth climate strike coalition has come together to collaborate on the campaign. The youth strike coalition, coordinated by Future Coalition, includes national youth-led groups such as Zero Hour, Earth Uprising, Fridays For Future USA, Sunrise, US Youth Climate Strike, and Extinction Rebellion Youth.
The climate crisis is the largest threat of our time, and we’re counting on our collective power to demand immediate and decisive action. This is our opportunity to move beyond the traditional climate bubble and expand the table of who is involved in this movement. It is time to lift up the voices and stories of young people on the frontlines of this crisis and ensure we are creating an intergenerational and intersectional climate justice movement.
September 20 will be one of the largest climate mobilizations in US history. We, as a global society, are at a crossroads. We have a decision to make. Are we going to choose money or power, or are we going to choose the future? This strike is an invitation to choose us. Choose the kids, choose humanity, choose the future.