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Impact in California

 “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”

- David Brower

David Brower, pioneering mountaineer, life-long Californian and one of America’s most influential environmentalists, inspires the 1% for the Planet network’s efforts in the Golden State.

As home to some of the country’s most iconic National Parks, the largest producer of food in the United States and the key to the modern conservation movement, California has been an innovator in the environmental movement for decades.

But the state is also home to unique challenges. Supporting the world’s eighth-largest economy, a growing population of more than 38 million residents and facing increasing pressure from climate change, it’s clear that change is afoot.

Fortunately, Californians are inspired to make a difference, as evidenced by a large and quickly growing group of businesses and nonprofits to work together on behalf of the state they call home. 1% for the Planet is mobilizing businesses, nonprofits and individuals to address priorities in California.

Some of our key nonprofit partners include:

LARGE SCALE HABITAT CONSERVATION

Photo: Brodie O’Brien

From the northern peaks of the Sierras to the coastline of Big Sur to the Mexican border, California has one of the most diverse environments in the United States. These groups are among a number who are working to make sure we can appreciate that diversity for generations to come:

Pacific Forest Trust: Since 1993, the Pacific Forest Trust (PFT) has been dedicated to conserving and sustaining America’s vital, productive forest landscapes. Working with forest owners, communities and an array of partners, they advance innovative, incentive-based strategies to safeguard our nation’s diverse forests.

The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County: The Land Trust works to preserve and enhance Santa Barbara County’s natural open spaces and agricultural heritage for present and future generations.

Sierra Club: Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir, the Sierra Club is now one of the nation’s most influential environmental organizations, with more than two million members and supporters. Their successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

Wilderness Youth Project: Wilderness Youth Project programs foster confidence, health, and a life-long love of learning through active outdoor experiences and mentoring.

SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

As producer of more food than any other state and an innovator in the local food movement, the 1% for the Planet network in California is working hard to pioneer the future of sustainable agriculture.

Edible Schoolyard Project: ESB teaches essential life skills and supports academic learning through hands-on classes in a one-acre organic garden and kitchen classroom. The ESB curriculum is fully integrated into the school day and teaches students how their choices about food affect their health, the environment, and their communities.

Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA): MESA connects sustainable farming leaders around the world for participatory training and cross-cultural exchange to strengthen local, resilient food systems worldwide. Since 1997, MESA has connected over 1200 farmers, activists and advocates and helped start nearly 130 small-scale farms and food justice projects around the world.

Organic Soup Kitchen: Organic Soup Kitchen provides organic, nutrient dense soups to community outreach agencies and believes that no person regardless of financial status shall compromise the food they feed themselves or their family.

CLIMATE CHANGE

With wide-ranging impact including droughts, sea level rise and an extended fire season, there are few California residents who have not experienced the impacts of climate change first-hand.

Community Environmental Council: CEC’s mission is to identify, advocate and raise awareness about the most pressing environmental issues that affect the Santa Barbara region. Today, CEC is focusing time and energy on five key campaigns, encouraging people to drive less, choose electric, go solar, ditch plastic, and eat local.

Global Green USA: For nearly 20 years, Global Green USA has been a national leader in advocating for smart solutions to global warming including green building for affordable housing, schools, cities and communities that save money, improve health and create green jobs.

San Diego Bicycle Coalition: The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition advocates for, and protects the rights of all people who ride bicycles. They promote bicycling as a mainstream, safe and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation with the support of members like New Belgium Brewing, Drew George Associates, and Fathom Change.

Protect Our Winters (POW): Founded by 1% for the Planet Ambassador Jeremy Jones, Protect Our Winters is the environmental center point of the global winter sports community, united towards a common goal of reducing climate change’s effects on our sports and local economies.

WATER 

Grassroots activists advocating for policies that will end the proliferation of single use plastics. Committed citizens working to reintroduce nature back to the Los Angeles River. Organizations ensuring that limited water resources are used responsibly. Water is an obvious and urgent issue in California.

5 Gyres Institute: 5 Gyres’ vision is to witness plastic pollution decline in the environment until it is no longer found in the world’s oceans. They conduct research, communicate the global impact of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, and employ strategies to eliminate the accumulation of plastic pollution in the 5 subtropical gyres.

Friends of the Los Angeles River: The Los Angeles River was once home to steelhead and grizzlies, but in the 1930’s the Army Corps of Engineers paved 80% of the riverbed. FOLAR’s mission is to protect and restore the natural and historic heritage of the LA River and its riparian habitat through inclusive planning, education and wise stewardship.

Save the Waves Coalition: A devoted group of surfers, scientists, and activists, who share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.

 

The Orfalea Foundation and 1% for the Planet

Orfalea, a leader in the philanthropic world, is dedicated to the empowerment of others and building capacity in the areas of education, youth development and sustainable agriculture. Support from the Orfalea Foundation ensures that the 1% for the Planet network can be more impactful.

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