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.
I think you’ll find this really cool -- and probably a bit alarming.
We just put together a scrolling infographic to illustrate the growing threat of antibiotics, and what we can do about it.
Even though finals are upon us, our work to fight global warming and protect public health is just ramping up. Yesterday, the California senate approved the Charge Ahead California bill for a Million Clean Cars to help California lead in the fight against global warming. The bill now heads to the Assembly. Standing up to opposition from oil companies and special interests, on this and other issues, is going to take ongoing student action throughout the summer. We're looking for staff, interns and volunteers to join this and other campaign efforts for the summer.
Sign up to volunteer or intern this summer!
The public supports taking strong action to fight global warming, now we need to make sure our elected officials listen. I hope you join us this summer!
PIRG In The News
As a joint collaboration between California Public Interest Research Group and AmeriCorps, the CALPIRG Energy Service Corp is focused on getting students engaged, involved and educated about energy conservation, preservation and efficient energy use.
Californians can now register to vote from their computers, thanks to an online voter registration system launched Wednesday — a program that university student groups have been lobbying for and expect to bring more students to the polls this November.
Students with the UC Santa Cruz chapter of California Public Interest Research Group worked Tuesday to register more than 40 new voters as part of National Voter Registration Day.
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