April 22 marks the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day. U.S. Sen. Gaylord Nelson proposed the day to raise the environmental consciousness of our nation. He wanted Earth Day to "shake the political establishment out of its lethargy and, finally, force this issue permanently into the political arena."
Today, Earth Day is a global event and California is a world leader confronting climate change, transitioning to alternative energies and fighting federal attempts to undermine our clean air standards. Below are some of the many Earth Day events occurring in our local communities and national parks.
- National Parks Week - runs from April 20 to April 28 and entrance fees will be waived this Saturday at national parks across the country.
- East Bay Regional Park District - Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - Coyote Hills Regional Park, April 20, 9:30-noon, 1:30-4 p.m., 800 Patterson Ranch Road, Fremont.
- San Lorenzo Village Homes Association - Earth Day San Lorenzo, April 20, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 377 Paseo Grande, San Lorenzo.
- Hayward - 36th Annual Citywide Clean-Up & Community Fair, Weekes Park, April 27, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 27182 Patrick Ave., Hayward.
- Union City - New Haven Schools Foundation Earth Day Celebration, Cesar Chavez Middle School, April 20, 7:30 a.m.-11 a.m., 2801 Hop Ranch Rd., Union City.
- Fremont - Earth Day Celebration, Washington West Building, April 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., 2500 Mowry Ave., Fremont.
- Milpitas - Earth Day Resources Fair, Milpitas Library, April 20, Noon-4 p.m., 160 N. Main St., Milpitas.
- San Jose - Earth Day Craft: Protecting Our Species, Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, April 27, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., 1751 Grand Blvd, San Jose.
- Santa Clara - Arbor Day/Earth Day Celebration, Central Park Pavilion, April 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 909 Kiely Rd., Santa Clara.
As chair of the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Subcommittee #2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation, I am working to ensure California continues to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions and meets its 2030 climate goals. To improve collaboration between local agencies and the state, I am authoring SB 168, which would enable the Governor to appoint a Chief Resilience Officer to coordinate the state's climate resilience programs and help us adapt to our changing climate. I am also authoring SB 246 to ensure that oil companies pay an oil severance tax, as they do in all other oil producing states. These bills will better protect the health and safety of the public and our environment.
I hope you will enjoy one of the many fine Earth Day events occurring throughout the Bay Area.
Senator, 10th District