Target: Community Environmental Advisory Commission of Berkeley Secretary, Nabil Al-Hadithy
Goal: Support initiative to affix warning labels to gas pumps to remind consumers of the dangers of CO2 emissions
The city of Berkeley could soon vote to affix stickers to gas pumps, warning of the negative effects of CO2 emissions on climate change. The labels are meant to stand as a reminder of alternative modes of transportation with fewer environmental costs.
The Community Environmental Advisory Commission recently approved the concept of the stickers, which will be affixed to gas pump handles if the ordinance is approved by the city. In July, Berkeley’s Energy Commission is set to vote on the proposed ordinance, and the city council is expected to review the issue in September. A grassroots environmental organization called 350 Bay Area created the concept for the stickers and has spearheaded the initiative in Berkeley. The group’s campaign “Beyond the Pump” is also working to promote similar labeling in San Francisco.
Based largely on the warnings on cigarette packs, the label is meant to act as reinforcement for those already aware of, and concerned with, the consumers’ responsibility for climate change. The current concept for the sticker reads that the state of California, “…has determined that global warming caused by CO2 emissions poses a serious threat to the economic well-being, public health, natural resources and the environment of California.”
Though the issue of climate change remains politically contentious, Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington supports the warnings and believes the labels won’t face enough opposition to keep them from moving forward. “The language has been adopted by the California state Legislature. It’s not just some environmental group saying this. It’s the official policy of the state of California.”
Sign this petition in support of raising awareness among consumers of our planet’s air quality by affixing warning labels to gas pumps to remind them of the dangers of CO2 emissions.
Dear Mr. Nabil Al-Hadithy,
Spearheaded by the 350 Bay Area grassroots organization, the Beyond the Pump campaign hopes to add warnings, much like those on cigarette packs, to gas pump handles in the city of Berkeley. These stickers are meant to remind the consumer of his responsibility for the emission of CO2 caused by gas-powered motors.
Though the issue of climate change is politically controversial, Berkeley Councilman Kriss Worthington does not believe opposition will stem the initiative, saying, “What we’ve heard so far is that what we’re proposing appears to be legal, that there is not a federal preemption on city authority, and that it’s narrowly crafted language.”
While those who refute climate change may oppose or ignore the signage altogether, those in support of the labeling hope it will act as a mild reinforcement, impacting the decisions that conscious consumers already make about their transportation options.
I support affixing warning labels to gas pumps and applaud your effort to push global environmental awareness, one pump at a time.
[Your Name Here]
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