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MAKE A DIFFERENCEHelp Fight Global Warming Help us build a clean energy future by getting Cities across California to Go Solar. Fight Poverty in Your Community Organize weekly service trips and fundraisers for to a local poverty relief agency. Build a Sustainable Campus and World - Run petition and letter writing drives to get your Senator to support more and better public transportation. - Host movie screenings and panel discussions to educate students about energy efficiency and sustainability. - Reduce waste and protect the ocean by banning single-use plastic bags on campus. - Build support for clean energy projects like wind and solar power. Protect Students from Ripoffs from Textbooks Companies, Banks, and Landlords and Protect Student Aid - Meet with faculty members about using open-source textbooks to save students thousands of dollars. - Survey local banks and renters to make sure students aren't being ripped off. - Host a campus-wide call in day to make sure your congressmen support affordable higher education.
LEARN SKILLSCommunication Skills Improve your public speaking and writing skills, and learn how to work with the media to get media coverage. Get experience speaking in front of groups and advocating a position one-on-one. Campaign Skills Learn the basics of running a campaign - recruiting a training volunteers, generating grassroots support (petitions, letters, calls), building coalitions, organizing large events, campaign strategy, and basic lobbying. Leadership Skills Learn how to run meetings, work with teams, plan large events, develop other leaders, mange volunteers, and manage your time.
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Protecting the Pacific
CALPIRG Interns have been working hard to address the problem of plastic pollution in the Pacific. Californians use an average of 12 billion plastic grocery bags each year, too many of which end up polluting the ocean. We've collected over 50,000 petitions to ban the bag and helped pass local bans in LA, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara and Davis.
With bans passed in 114 cities and counties in California, in 2014 the legislature finally listened to the voice of students and the public and approved the first ever statewide ban on plastic bags this past September. The plastic bag companies are trying to overturn it, and now we need to continue buiding support at the local level so that the public will uphold the votes November 2016.