Tackling climate change on a daily basis

As the climate heats up, Earth Day represents an annual call to action

Earth Day emerged as a grassroots movement powered by collective concern for our planet in the 1970s. Promoted by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson, it quickly gained traction. Over the years, Earth Day has evolved into a global phenomenon. Its significance lies in its role as an annual reminder of our interconnectedness with the Earth and the urgent need for environmental stewardship. As climate change becomes an increasingly pressing issue, Earth Day inspires individuals and communities worldwide to advocate for sustainable practices and push for policy changes.

N&R Publications sees government agencies and organizations tackling climate change on a daily basis. We want to use this occasion to share and celebrate some of the important work being done.

One policy change we continue to cover is the rollout of California Senate Bill 1383 (SB 1383). Since 2016, SB 1383 has sought to reduce methane emissions in landfills by cutting California’s organic waste disposal stream by 75% and diverting 20% of edible food to people and food banks by the year 2025. Although Tehama County is exempt from full compliance until January 2027, they are taking proactive steps to educate and prepare businesses and residents for the rollout of the new regulations.

Northern California is experiencing favorable weather conditions, with the Sierra snowpack at 100% of average and water levels tracking ahead of normal. Reservoirs are filling up and no watering restrictions are in effect. According to the City of Roseville, this makes it a prime time for water-efficient landscape makeovers and proactive conservation efforts.

With climate change causing more severe weather, flooding is an issue many agencies are concerned about. Yuba Water Agency’s efforts working with the local levee districts and the state and federal governments to shore up levees at the Yuba, Bear and Feather Rivers have significantly decreased the chances of catastrophic flooding. But they aren’t stopping there. Yuba Water Agency is also educating residents on their flood risk and important resources for flood preparation.

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