The time to eliminate fossil fuels is now. Though easier said than done, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, combined with the existing climate crisis, makes the issue urgent. Southern California’s history is deeply rooted both in fossil fuel extraction with extensive drilling for oil, and an insatiable demand for fossil fuels from its century-long love of the automobile.
While Indigenous communities have long taken an active role to build their own climate change resilience through local and traditional knowledge systems, the ecosystem of leadership working to transition Southern California beyond fossil fuels has grown dramatically in the last decade.
As LA Mayor Eric Garcetti has said, “when we laid out L.A.’s Green New Deal, we presented a vision for the sustainable and equitable future our children deserve — and three years later, we can proudly report on our incredible progress, [thanks in large part to] the growing coalition of community, business, and environmental justice leaders who have made it their mission to make this decade one of climate action.”
California’s Blueprint Climate Budget also represents a historic investment that aims to “decrease California’s reliance on fossil fuels while preparing our economy and workforce for a clean energy future. California will [invest]… billions in climate tech research & development, clean cars, preparing Californians for career opportunities, and further readying our infrastructure to withstand extreme weather.” Meanwhile, California’s Draft 2022 Scoping Plan is exploring specific strategies, as is its Climate Action Plan for Transportation Infrastructure.
At this convening, we will explore the opportunities, barriers and strategies needed to make the vision a fossil-free world a reality in Southern California. We’ll learn from a set of local stakeholders working on these issues, with suggestions for funders who want to support this work.
The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets quarterly to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California, foster collaboration, and share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at email@example.com for more information.
Executive Director, Physicians for social Responsibility- Los Angeles
Associate Executive Director, Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas
Acting Chief Sustainability Officer, LA County Chief Sustainability Office
Executive Director, Health and Environmental Funders Network
Senior Attorney and Director, Southern California Ecosystems Project, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Chief Heat Officer, Director of CEMO, City of Los Angeles