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Sunflower Alliance Webinar: California Climate Justice Plan

By Faraz Rizvi, Matt Holmes, and Ted Franklin - Sunflower Alliance, November 22, 2022

Leaders of the statewide environmental and climate justice movement talk about the campaign to strengthen California’s (appallingly weak) draft climate plan—and how we can help.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has issued a draft plan for state climate action over the next five years. A broad coalition of climate justice organizations is pushing them to go beyond this business-as-usual proposal and take strong measures to phase out fossil fuel with just transition. Meanwhile CARB’s own Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (EJAC) has outlined some specific steps, including:

  • A comprehensive plan to phase out refineries with just transition for communities and workers.
  • Strong limits on any “carbon capture, use, and storage” projects to make sure they don’t make air and water pollution worse or extend the life of fossil fuel infrastructure–and that include inputs from environmental justice stakeholders and independent experts.
  • An end to support for factory-farm “dairy methane” projects.
  • An overhaul of the state’s “low carbon fuel standards,” which currently incentivize destructive practices and environmental injustice.
  • Thorough review of the “cap and trade” program and less reliance on that to meet climate goals.

The Environmental Justice Advisory Committee includes representatives from many of the organizations that are leading the statewide movement for climate and environmental justice.


  • Faraz Rizvi, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, EJAC
  • Matt Holmes, Little Manila Rising, EJAC
  • Ted Franklin, Labor Rise Climate Jobs Action Group

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