In the movies, lone heroes and villains change the world all the time. But most Americans understand that in real life, you can’t get big, important things done by going it alone. Sure, as anybody paying attention to Washington these days knows, a loner can grab a lot of attention and cause plenty of short-term chaos. The Sacramento Bee
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Although still in its infancy, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute has already generated extensive media coverage in connection with its mission and activities.
By a 5-4 vote, the United States Supreme Court turned back challenges to partisan re-districting, claiming the issue of gerrymandering was a political question outside the purview of the court. For those activists around the country who feel the drawing of electoral districts offer unfair representation as created by the party in power in state legislatures, California’s citizens’ redistricting commission may serve as a model.
When Justice Anthony Kennedy announced he was retiring last June, it brought significant changes to the Supreme Court. Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the court after a bruising confirmation battle, and Chief Justice John Roberts has become the court’s swing vote. NPR
In 2016, 175 nations signed on to the Paris Agreement to reduce greenhouse gas pollution. The majority of those nations have not fulfilled their promises, so you’ll be surprised that the two of us are still filled with hope. That’s because state and local governments are becoming the stars of a clean energy future. California has succeeded where many have failed while protecting the economy and we have gotten praise from around the world, but we aren’t selfish; in fact, we would love to share the global spotlight with Oregon. Oregon Live
As you may have heard, celebrities have been using their clout to get out the message on climate change -- inviting the question, frequently, as to whether they're a hindrance or a help to that cause. If there's any area where star power seems to be put to the most effective use, it's the documentary, where attaching names like Leonardo DiCaprio and Arnold Schwarzenegger helps projects that might evaporate into the ether get on the media's radar. CNN
Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg was all alone when she started protesting the lack of political action on climate change last year outside of the Swedish parliament. Today, the Friday climate strikes inspired by Thunberg are drawing out more than 1 million young people around the world. But as she tells Political Climate: The fight is “not over yet.” Greentech Media
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg called on world leaders Tuesday to recognize the seriousness of global warming and admit that not enough is being done to curb it. Speaking at the R20 Austrian World Summit in Austria’s capital, Vienna, Greta suggested it was wrong to portray climate change as “primarily an opportunity to create new green jobs, new businesses, green economic growth,” as some political and business leaders have done. Washington Post
Swedish youth activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday called on leaders to inform the public about climate change without sugarcoating "the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced." Most people have no clue about the scale of the climate emergency because they "have not been told, or more importantly, told by the right people," said Thunberg, who has inspired millions of young people across the globe to participate in the Fridays for the Future school strikes. Deutsche Welle
Los Angeles County is investigating whether an eviction notice sent to a 102-year-old womanat her longtime home in Ladera Heights violated temporary renter protections approved by lawmakers last year. Thelma Smith, 102, has rented in a small complex in an unincorporated area of Ladera Heights for nearly three decades. She received an eviction notice in March, telling her to move out of her Craftsman-style home by the end of June so the landlord’s daughter could move in. Los Angeles Times
As a former California governor and a former president of the California State Senate, we know pollution is a threat we must address head-on. One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. We come from different backgrounds and experiences. But asthma and other lung diseases have no party affiliation. Pollution never asks if you lean to the right or the left before it fills your lungs. The Sacramento Bee