All Campaigns

Campaign | Transit

21st Century Transportation

From high speed rail to mass transit, it’s time for us to get on the right track. Americans all want a safe, clean transportation system that lets us all get where we need to go – but our current system just isn’t working.

Campaign | Higher Ed

Affordable Higher Education

A college degree is practically a necessity these days, not only for the individual student, but for the economic and social health of the country. But as states cut budgets, and grant aid has diminished, students are relying on loans to pay for college.

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Ban Fracking

Fracking is an environmental nightmare, and it is expanding to California. Fracking contaminates our water with toxic chemicals, releases air pollution that causes smog and soot, and exacerbates global warming. It turns beautiful places into industrial zones – ruining their recreational and ecological value. It also threatens drinking water supplies and generates air pollution that puts nearby residents at risk. And putting more oil on the market will keep us addicted to fossil fuels instead of producing more clean, renewable energy. 

Unfortunately Governor Brown has not decided where he stands on the fracking debate. The oil industry has convinced him that drilling is safe and no drinking water has been contaminated due to fracking. If we are to stop the fracking boom in California, we must educate the Governor that fracking is an environmental nightmare for California. 

Campaign | Energy

California Go Solar!

California’s heat waves, forest fires and the worst drought in our history are warnings that climate change is already here. The last thing we should be doing is burning MORE fossil fuels to power our lives.
Luckily we have solutions. Every hour, the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year. By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy, we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels, reduce global warming pollution, and create thousands of new jobs.
California is one of the sunniest places in the country! So we are getting started here in cities across the state with the Go Solar campaign. We’re asking city hall to adopt groundbreaking policies to make solar power more accessible and affordable for everyone. Powerful utility and fossil fuel companies are threatened by the idea of more people generating their own energy and will be opposing us every step of the way.
You can help by getting involved with CALPIRG as a volunteer or through our internship program. Or by just supporting us with your CALPIRG pledge. Thanks!

Campaign | Hunger

Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness

We know we can live in a world where everyone has a roof over their head, enough food to eat and access to clean drinking water. Unfortunately, despite some advances we’re far from this vision.

Campaign | Energy

Charge Ahead California

Here in California, the number one source of global warming pollution comes from cars. We’ve had the technology to produce zero emission vehicles for years now, but the oil industry has been doing what they can to keep us dependent on dirty fossil fuels.

Campaign | Oceans

Great Pacific Cleanup

Campaign | Textbooks

Make Textbooks Affordable

Every student knows that textbook prices are outrageous! Many books cost over $200 a piece and end up worth pennies by the end of the semester, often thanks to unnecessary new editions and pass-codes that expire. It's time for publishers to stop charging ridiculous prices and start taking advantage of today's technology to offer students a better deal. Our campaign is working to increase the use of "open textbooks," which are free online, free to share, and affordable in print -- the ideal publishing model to make textbooks affordable.

Campaign | Textbooks

Make Textbooks Affordable

Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous. With student debt skyrocketing, young people can't afford to spend $1200 on books and supplies every year. Together, we can change that.

Campaign | Textbooks

Make Textbooks Affordable

Everyone knows that textbooks prices are outrageous. With student debt skyrocketing, young people can't afford to spend $1200 on books and supplies every year. Together, we can change that.

New Voters Project

The New Voters Project is a nonpartisan effort to help register young people and get them to the polls on Election Day. We believe the best way to raise the voices of young people is to register and vote.

Campaign | Parks

Save Our National Parks

Our national parks had nearly 11 million more visitors in 2009, but could face budget cuts in the coming year. Proposed budget cuts would come on top of billions of dollars in funding shortfalls, making it harder for parks stewards to hire park rangers, host educational programs, maintain general facilities and trails and preserve the Best of America. At a time when more and more people are visiting our national parks- we should be giving our parks more resources, not digging the hole deeper.

Campaign | Foods

Stop Subsidizing Obesity

Our tax dollars should only go to things that serve the public good, yet we’re handing out taxpayer subsidies to big agribusinesses to help subsidize junk food. Huge, profitable corporations like Cargill and Monsanto are pocketing tens of billions in taxpayer dollars, and turning subsidized crops into junk food ingredients — including high fructose corn syrup.

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Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms

The medical community has sounded the alarm: Antibiotic-resistant infections are on the rise. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, 2 million Americans get sick and 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infections each year. 

Yet industrial-scale "factory farms" continue to dose healthy animals with antibiotics just to get them to grow fatter faster, so we can eat plumper chickens and more bacon. Through PIRG, we're calling on the Obama administration to ban this overuse of antibiotics.

Student Consumer Action Network

After Wall Street practices brought down the entire U.S. and parts of the world economies, Congress finally stepped up in July 2010 and created the CALPIRG Students-backed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a new agency that will act as a counterbalance to the banks and ensure that the credit cards, mortgages, and student loans that consumers use are safe and easy to understand. When you have a complaint about a bank or credit card company, you can call on the new CFPB.

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Water Watch

Essential to almost every aspect of our lives, water is California’s most precious resource.  Despite its importance, however, our water supply is severely strained.  In fact, this year California faces the worst drought in California history, the Governor is calling it a Mega Drought and for the first time, scientists this year declared that 100 percent of the state faces drought conditions.  If this drought continues, Californians could face mandatory water restrictions at home; crop shortages and increased food prices; and a heightened risk of wildfires.  Furthermore, our growing population, global warming-induced shrinking Sierra snowpack, and cyclical rain shortages will mean even more shortages in the future.

 

“The current historically dry weather is a bellwether of what is to come in California, with increasing periods of drought expected with climate change,” says climate scientist, Juliet Christian-Smith.

 

The Solution 

The best way to tackle our water shortage is to use less of it.  Recognizing this, this January Governor Jerry Brown called on all Californians to do their part and reduce water consumption by 20 percent.  Rising to the challenge, the Chancellor of the University of California, Janet Napolitano echoed this call and directed all University of Campuses to reduce their water usage by 20 percent by 2020.

To achieve this goal, every University of California campus has developed or is in the process of developing a Water Action Plan to cut water use on campus.  Students are essential to making sure these plans are strong, succeed and allow the UC to help lead a statewide shift toward smarter water use.