Op-Ed: Grassroots Activism is Key for State to Remain a Global Leader on Environmental Issues
BURBANK - California has been a global leader on a number of issues. We’re home to innovators and engineers, cutting edge research, and pioneers across every industry. We have a long history of meeting seemingly insurmountable challenges head-on, and time after time, we’ve not only succeeded, we’ve sparked growth in our economy and improved the quality of life for countless communities.
Of course, it’s easy to look back and celebrate our victories. However, our record of strong environmental leadership didn’t come easy. 40 years ago, millions of Californians were choking on air pollution. Legislators at the time struggled to pass regulations, facing strong opposition from entrenched forces like the oil industry and critics that predicted any reforms would doom the economy. Sound familiar?