133 students came to our fall kickoff meeting at UC Berkeley to learn more about how to get involved in campaigns to engage young voters, get big money out of politics, get the city to be a leader on solar energy, and conserve water in the drought. Special thanks to Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner for supporting student activism and being our guest speaker. Check out pictures on our facebook page.
After years of organizing locally and across the state, California lawmakers passed two groundbreaking bills to protect our water, air and beautiful places: our bills to ban plastic grocery bags and get a million electric vehicles on California’s roads were both voted through the Legislature. Now they await the Governor’s signature before they can become law. This means Governor Brown has until the end of this month to approve (or veto) these bills. We need your help to ensure that he makes the right decision.
We are really excited that the University of California announced today a massive investment in solar energy!
As we witness the effects of global warming in our lives today- from the forest fire currently raging in Yosemite, to the worst drought in our history, it is clear we need to take action to fight climate change.
In California we still get about 80% of our energy from fossil fuels, even though we live in one of the sunniest places in the world.
Today's announcement will mean about 72,000 metric tons less global warming pollution will be poured into the air every year from our campuses. (Or equivalent to about 15 thousand fewer cars on the road each year). That is worth celebrating!
Lets use this momentum to make solar power affordable and accessible for all Californians.
It’s that time of year again. Back to school means hitting the campus bookstore for new textbooks.
Unfortunately, we’re about to get hit with the annual sticker shock of high textbook prices. $200 for one book? Outrageous.
Here’s the deal: we can stand up to high prices and help change the textbook industry. It won’t be easy, but we’re making progress.
PIRG In The News
As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report to be released Wednesday by a public interest group.
Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.
UCLA’s chapter of the California Public Interest Research Group has been campaigning in favor of the measure. In March, the Undergraduate Students Association Council voted unanimously to support CALPIRG’s campaign to ban plastic bags.
CALPIRG held a press conference Wednesday morning to bring attention to their goal of banning plastic bags in the city of Berkeley, and eventually the whole state.
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