NRDC Golden State Newsletter September 2014, Vol 1, Issue 78
NRDC's Annie Notthoff, Joel Reynolds

This fall Governor Brown had a bumper crop of good public health and environmental protection bills on his desk for his signature. From a much needed water bond, to groundwater protections, a clean transportation initiative for cars and trucks, a consumer food safety petition, the phase-out of plastic bags, to ocean and coastal protection, California is setting the pace. We worked hand in hand with many coalitions, reflecting the breadth of California's diversity and working together worked. And working together is what over 400,000 people did just last week, as NRDC marched in unison with people from all walks of life, to demonstrate that we need action on climate now from our world leaders. More on the People's Climate March below...


Annie Notthoff, California Advocacy Director
Joel Reynolds, Western Director

Reducing Antibiotics in Livestock: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

livestock antibiotics

Following a legal setback in July when the Second Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals overturned NRDC's lower court victory that would have compelled the Food and Drug Administration to take steps toward stopping the misuse of medically important antibiotics to raise livestock, NRDC launched a renewed effort to end the overuse of antibiotics in livestock production. We have asked the entire court of 13 judges to reconsider the appellate panel's 2-1 decision. On the consumer front, Perdue -- the third largest poultry producer in the U.S. -- pledged to curb antibiotic use in 95% of its chicken. Assuming reporting and third party verification measures up to NRDC standards, this is a huge step forward in ending antibiotic overuse in animal agriculture. Meanwhile, our campaign to get Foster Farms to disclose its use of antibiotics and commit to safe use continues to put on the pressure.

"In EPA We Trust": Bristol Bay Residents Submit Comments Opposing Pebble Mine

pebble mine

The public comment period to protect the Bristol Bay, Alaska watershed from the proposed Pebble Mine ended on September 19, with more than 155,000 comments submitted in support of the rule. Development of this copper and gold mine would result in one of the largest open pit copper mines in the world and would threaten one of the world's most productive salmon fisheries. In the wake of the devastating Mt. Polley Mine disaster on the Fraser River in British Columbia, NRDC released a video highlighting the huge risk of large-scale mining in a salmon-breeding watershed, issued an EPA call to action, and ran a series of ads urging the Obama administration to stop the proposed Pebble Mine.

People's Climate March 2014: Taking it to the Streets in Demand of a Sustainable Future

march in nyc

On September 21st, just as world leaders were arriving in New York City for the UN Climate Summit, NRDC took to the streets. Our presence demonstrated the groundswell of support for a sustainable future that has grown around the country and across communities, ages, and backgrounds. This was a historic moment for our movement; the People's Climate March was the largest rally for climate action in the world to date. Together with diverse constituencies, we demanded global action on climate change. Extreme drought, heat, and storms are hallmarks of climate change, and while several recent reports confirm that these events are on the rise, most of us know first-hand that California is in the grip of "exceptional drought," the worst category on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The world's leading scientists say dire consequences for our health, food supply, economy, and environment await if we continue to kick the can down the road.

But if we act today, we can stave off that dire future. We know how to solve this. The People's Climate March was designed to create the political will needed for greater action, and NRDC was very proud to be a part of it.

NRDC Youth Coordinator Rallies the #ActOnClimate Masses

Robert Friedman

Robert Friedman has been spearheading NRDC's Youth Task Force and grassroots climate change efforts since June 2013. Having grown up in a small town in New York's Hudson Valley that had a Class 2 Superfund inactive hazardous waste disposal site, Rob decided on a career in environmentalism at a very young age, leading him to study climate policy and social movement theory at Bates College in Maine. Since his arrival Rob has not only helped elevate the voices of the young people employed at NRDC, but also rallied youth voices across the country to send a clear message to the EPA to act on climate and limit carbon pollution from all new power plants. From organizing the first ever youth convergence at the annual Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference, to working with young people in the Northeast and nationally on anti-fossil fuel advocacy, to aiding in execution of the People's Climate March, Rob is ensuring that NRDC's mission includes the next generation.

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Photo Credits: Holly Wysocki 'No to Pebble Mine', Bob Waldrop.