350 Contra Costa Action Volunteers in the park

Action Teams

Taking Direct Action Five Ways

You're invited!

Here’s the kind of work we’re doing—effective, local climate action. We could use your help! You don’t need special knowledge or skills; we’re all learning as we go along. Please join us!

Local Policy Team volunteers demonstrating "Say No to BioFuels" and Contra Costa County headquarters

Local Policy Team

Advocating for strong, equitable climate policies in Contra Costa

Our county and cities must take bold action to reduce GHG emissions and enable a safer, more equitable futureincluding climate, housing, transportation and landuse policies.

Estimates suggest that cities are responsible for 75 percent of global emissions. With more than 60 percent of the US population living in cities, there is urgency and opportunity in focusing on local solutions.

Our Local Climate Policy Team educates city and county decision makers about best practices. We advocate for new policies and organize the local community to support the changes needed.

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Legislative Team

Keeping California a leader in climate legislation

The Legislative Team focuses on the Sacramento lawmakers who represent Contra Costa residents. We cultivate strong relationships with these state senators and assembly members so we can influence their votes on important legislation. And we get the word out to our fellow constituents when letters and phone calls are needed to convince lawmakers to vote the right way.

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Sacramento demonstration at the Capitol
Sacramento demonstration at the Capitol

Legislative Team

Keeping California a leader in climate legislation

The Legislative Team focuses on the Sacramento lawmakers who represent Contra Costa residents. We cultivate strong relationships with these state senators and assembly members so we can influence their votes on important legislation. And we get the word out to our fellow constituents when letters and phone calls are needed to convince lawmakers to vote the right way.

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Two women and a man in park with "Vanessa for El Cerrito" signs

Electoral Team

Electing local climate leaders, making climate and equity the key issues

Contra Costa County and its 19 cities have a vital role in addressing the climate emergency. The Electoral Team works to make sure that our local elected officials are effective climate leader leaders who are not afraid to take bold steps toward a clean, healthy, livable future.

At present, many sitting on city councils don’t clearly understand climate issues, don’t see how local policies could address the crisis, and don’t hear from their constituents that they care about the climate crisis.

What’s worse, as our main industry, oil and gas companies have a lot of influence over the discourse around climate. They oppose meaningful action to reduce fossilfuel emissions by calling it antibusiness. So some elected officials shy away from climate issues.

That’s why we on the Electoral Team are focused on electing stronger climate leadersand making climate action a priority for all our local leaders.

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Green Energy Team

Moving our county to green, renewable energy sources

The Green Energy Team advocates for the transition to sustainable energy sources and away from fossil fuels.

In Contra Costa, that’s a big dealour county is home to four refineries and their pipelines. And without a complete ban on drilling, the dozens of idle oil and gas wells in East County could threaten community health.

With our partner organizations, the Green Energy Team is working to reduce refinery pollution, improve safety, and ultimately to decommission all refineries.

We’re working to raise awareness of the negative health and environmental impacts of biofuel production.

We’re working for a countywide ban on oil and gas drilling.

Won’t you join us? Get in touch to learn more about how you can help.

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Martinez refinery spewing substances over lake
Martinez refinery spewing substances over lake

Green Energy Team

Moving our county to green, renewable energy sources

The Green Energy Team advocates for the transition to sustainable energy sources and away from fossil fuels.

In Contra Costa, that’s a big dealour county is home to four refineries and their pipelines. And without a complete ban on drilling, the dozens of idle oil and gas wells in East County could threaten community health.

With our partner organizations, the Green Energy Team is working to reduce refinery pollution, improve safety, and ultimately to decommission all refineries.

We’re working to raise awareness of the negative health and environmental impacts of biofuel production.

We’re working for a countywide ban on oil and gas drilling.

Won’t you join us? Get in touch to learn more about how you can help.

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Communications Team

Engaging with community members about local advocacy for climate solutions

The Communications Team alerts community members about climate issues and solutions and encourages them to become active volunteers.

Contra Costa County is large and diverse, with 19 cities and many unincorporated communities. The Comms Team aims to connect with people all around the county and help them get involved in local climate action.

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If you are interested in attending a Comms team meeting or volunteering, please click here to fill out our volunteer interest form.

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