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Severe weather striking Southern California highlights the need to reform our energy grid.

Southern California can’t catch a break this year. Hit by a series of devastating wildfires along with extreme heat waves and drought, it’s beginning to feel like parched conditions and scorched earth are the state’s new normal. Climate change is worsening droughts in California, turning forests into tinderboxes and exacerbating wildfires.

Solar panels on the rooftops of homes in the Salt Lake neighborhood of Oahu, Hawaii.

What’s next after NextEra? The Public Utilities Commission rejected the NextEra-Hawaiian Electric takeover deal, but the real work to build a clean energy system by and for the people of Hawaii has just begun. [Read more about Hawai‘i’s Public Utilities Commission rejection of the $4.3 billion sale of HECO, Hawai‘i’s main utility, to Florida-based NextEra Energy.]

West Oakland organizers recently led their community to victory against a multi-million dollar dirty energy proposal. Reverend Ken Chambers (above) of Oakland’s West Side Missionary Baptist Church was one of the most outspoken opponents of the plan.

On July 19, the people of Oakland, California, halted a multi-million dollar dirty energy project in its tracks. The Oakland City Council, bolstered by the support of thousands of residents, voted to ban shipments of coal from the city in response to a proposal from powerful local developer Phil Tagami. Tagami’s plan was to use more than $50 million in taxpayer money to bring 10 million tons of coal a year from Utah to the West Oakland waterfront by train.

Founder of Latino Outdoors José González (right) talks about his group’s efforts to encourage Latinos to connect with the great outdoors and to shine light on the conservationism so pervasive in the Latino culture.

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Editor’s note: José González is an experienced educator and the founder of Latino Outdoors, a Latino-led organization working to create a national community of leaders in conservation and outdoor education. He was featured in Grist’s 50 People You’ll be Talking about in 2016.

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