Several people gathered outside Governor Jerry Brown’s office in Sacramento Tuesday demanding he freeze new fossil fuel drilling and develop a plan to phase out oil and gas extraction. This comes one month before Brown presides over the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.
"California is on fire while our governor continues to sanction new fossil fuel projects. These destructive operations are robbing California youth of our future. We cannot allow this and we must stand," said 26-year-old Niria Alicia. "We need Governor Brown to keep fossil fuels in the ground so that my generation and the ones still to come can have a chance for a livable future."
Brown has been praised for countering President Donald Trump’s attacks on climate, but California remains one of the largest oil producing states in the nation.
In addition to protesting Brown, the activists are launching an online pledge, Brown’s Last Chance, to demand Brown announce a permanent freeze on new oil and gas projects.
"My child's life is on the line. We cannot wait any longer for politicians to act. We need to be rapidly transitioning towards renewable energy right now, not locking ourselves into decades of warming by building more oil and gas infrastructure," said 26-year-old mother, Kailea Frederick. "Governor Jerry Brown has an important choice: will he grow a spine and take the action necessary to safeguard future generations’ health, safety, and future?"