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We won three critical bills to help California go solar.

Seven years after we passed the Million Solar Roofs Initiative, California is the nation’s unabashed solar energy leader. In 2013, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined our call to get 20 percent of our largest city’s energy from solar power by 2020. We won three bills in the Legislature that will make it easier for Californians to go solar. And our efforts helped California’s rooftop solar market grow by 25 percent in 2013, reducing air pollution, fighting global warming, and working to ensure California’s solar future is bright.

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GOVERNOR SIGNS OUR PLASTIC BAG BILL

California is the first state to ban single-use plastic bags. When this law goes into effect in July 2015, we’ll take billions of plastic bags out of our environment. That means cleaner rivers and a safer future for sea turtles and other ocean wildlife.

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We're keeping California safe from fracking.

We have seen disastrous fracking operations rolling across the country, and now Big Oil wants to frack throughout California, putting our air, water and land at risk. Environment California members and allies helped bring together the coalition of Californians Against Fracking, and in 2013 more than 100,000 Californians called on the governor to protect our state and ban fracking. Thousands more called on the Coastal Commission to stop fracking off our coast.

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We're standing up for state parks.

When Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration announced a short-sighted plan to close 70 state parks, we swung into action. By speaking directly with tens of thousands of Californians and building a strong coalition of business owners, environmental groups and local officials, we quickly sounded the alarm and mobilized people from all walks of life to save our parks.

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We helped expand Yosemite.

In 2013, Environment California worked to protect a 1,600-acre wildlife corridor that connects Yosemite National Park to the Sierra National Forest. More than 10,000 Californians signed petitions, and the State Legislature unanimously passed a resolution urging Congress to expand Yosemite. In March, Environment California went to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office in D.C. to the deliver the petitions, and she sponsored a Yosemite expansion bill one month later.

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