Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Thank Governor Jerry Brown for signing a bill that will make clean drinking water a priority in California
The California Central Valley is a major supplier of food in the United States. But hidden among the orchards is a grim truth for the residents of the surrounding communities. Decades of chemical fertilizers, animal waste, and pesticides from farms have polluted the area’s water supply. A recent survey found that 20 percent of water systems in Tulare County are unable to meet acceptable levels of contamination.
In parts of Tulare County, the average yearly income is $14,000, well below the national poverty line. Yet many people living in Tulare, and similar communities, spend almost 20 percent of their income buying water. This exorbitant expense comes from paying for tap water and bottled water. Tap water for laundry and showering, bottled water for drinking and cooking.
In order to combat this disparity, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the Human Right to Water Bill. This bill directs state agencies to make clean water a financial priority. This means that a fair portion of the state’s revenue will go towards ensuring everyone has access to affordable and clean water. This bill will also allow lawmakers and community organizers to work towards finding a solution to Tulare’s water problem, without being bogged down in bureaucratic technicalities.
Sign the petition below, and thank Gov. Jerry Brown for recognizing clean water as a basic human right. The California Central Valley shouldn’t have to choose between growing food and clean water.
Dear Governor Jerry Brown,
Thank you for signing the Human Right to Water Bill. Many people living in the California Central Valley do not have access to clean tap water. The high level of contamination in Central Valley tap water means that the residents have to spend huge portions of their small income buying bottled water. Money that could be put to better use is wasted on something that should be a basic human right.
The Human Right to Water Bill is the first step toward repairing the disparity that has ravaged the Central Valley for years. I thank you for your dedication to social justice and the people of California.
[Your Name Here]
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