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Climate change is the issue of our time. Taking action today is critical for every living thing on our planet. Fortunately, all of us have an immediate role to play in limiting warming and reducing its negative effects. Ecology Action is here to help everyone in the community take part in the solutions.


At Ecology Action, our work is devoted to inspiring and equipping our community to take the steps necessary to create an equitable and climate-safe world. 

Our climate work is unique and successful because we tackle complex climate challenges in two ways. One is at the individual level, engaging directly with students, teachers, businesses, and community members to deliver the education and resources they need to lower or eliminate emissions in their daily activities. At the same time, we work on systemic changes to create the infrastructure, incentives, and support systems needed for people to choose climate-friendly options.

IMPACT BY THE NUMBERS

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The power of collective change can be seen in numbers. 
Here are just a few highlights of the impact you have helped achieve:

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Thanks to the support of our donors, our approach is making a big impact today. And your continued support will help us accelerate and expand our climate impact next year.

100+ emissions reducing actions people can find on BrightAction, an online platform launched as part of the Resilient Central Coast initiative

34,820 pounds of vehicle emissions avoided in May by encouraging people to ride instead of drive during Santa Cruz Bike Month 

7,150 residents, organizations, and businesses we have provided education, assistance and support in the purchase of electric vehicles

STORIES OF IMPACT

At the end of a year, as we reflect on our work, we see the ripples of our actions radiating through our community growing into waves of change. 

Pedaling to work or school generates zero carbon emissions or air pollution. But cycling has a myriad of other upsides, including the health benefits of exercise, less congested streets, financial savings and, yes, fun.

Ecology Action works to promote bike usership at every age using multiple strategies to spread the genius of bikes throughout the Monterey Bay area. 

We have worked with schools to help equip nearly 40,000 students with the skills and confidence they need to ride safely. We also partner with public agencies to make our communities more bike-friendly through the expansion of bike lanes – the kind of systemic change that encourages kids and adults to spend more time on two wheels.

BIKE & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY FOR ALL

“EVs for Everyone is a great program that helped me buy my very first electric car. My favorite part about going electric is knowing that I’m contributing to a cleaner air quality in the Monterey Bay area because I’m no longer contributing to tailpipe emissions. Some other awesome benefits to driving electric include not ever having to get an oil change or any engine servicing or ever having to stop at a gas station and paying $50 at the pump.”

EVS FOR EVERYONE, BIG BENEFITS FOR THE PLANET

Ecology Action’s Transportation Justice Coordinator, EV Owner

Sometimes, the biggest barrier to lowering individual emissions is clear and specific direction about the most impactful actions to take. Not anymore. Along with 24 Central Coast public agencies and non-profit partners, the Resilient Central Coast Campaign recently launched the BrightAction Platform. A comprehensive online resource, the platform outlines immediate steps people can take in their households to reduce carbon emissions. 

The platform also makes it easy to inspire and educate friends, family, social groups, and others in the community to live a greener lifestyle. One example: 75 College Corps Fellows in San Luis Obispo are now spearheading climate action across the region.

RESILIENT CENTRAL COAST

Ecology Action’s vision is pretty simple: To collectively create a climate-safe and equitable future for the Central Coast and beyond. It’s a vision that depends on all of us working together to lower the emissions we directly control. When we all take part, the impact is transformational. Help us accelerate our impact and speed progress towards a better climate future by donating today.

Together, we can do this.

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