A campaign dedicated to phasing out fossil fuels and stopping oil drilling in California!
Oil drilling, especially its most dangerous forms such as hydraulic fracking poses a large threat to our communities. Not only is the oil extraction process dangerous, but the pollution of the burning of fossil fuels can be fatal. Even worse, fossil fuels are the main contributor to our current climate crisis and severely endangers current and future generations.
On April 23rd, 2021, CA Governor Newsom announced his plans to ban fracking by 2024 and end oil drilling by 2045. However, not only does it exclude a comprehensive plan that prioritizes BIPOC and low-income communities, but it fails to address fossil fuel extraction with the urgency that the climate crisis calls for.
A group of passionate high school students organizing a campaign dedicated to urging Governor Newsom to stop issuing new oil and gas permits, begin justly phasing oil extraction and create 2,500 ft buffer zones now!
We started Youth v. Oil in the summer of 2020 and since then we have been taking action in our community! Our goal is to collectively apply pressure on the Governor by getting school districts across California to sign our resolution. In addition, YVO puts climate justice work at the core of our campaign in order to stand in solidarity with the frontline communities most impacted by oil drilling. By educating San Diegans’ about oil extraction, we hope to create an intergenerational movement against the fossil fuel industry to mitigate the climate crisis.
Our resolution, which was passed by San Diego Unified School District and San Diego’s County Board of Education in February of 2021, will apply pressure on Governor Newsom to prioritize the communities most impacted and begin the process of phasing out oil extraction immediately. We are also currently working on introducing our resolution to other school districts and introduce it at the city level.
Want to pass a resolution in your district? Contact email@example.com and check out our end oil drilling resolution toolkit!
Above: Some Youth v. Oil Team members meeting with one of the San Diego Unified School District board members!
Sign our petition calling upon CA Governor Newsom to ban new fracking and oil drilling permits now! We must act upon banning fossil fuels with the urgency that the climate crisis calls for.
Are you an org? If so be sure to sign onto our letter to CA Gov. Newsom demanding a fossil-free future. Review the letter below and fill out the google form to add your virtual signature.
Weekly Call Content:
Our Calls are weekly and can include:
- Community building and social activities
- Organizing the campaign (creating the plan and strategy)
- Learning something new and discussing climate news!
- Weekly updates on topics related to the campaign
- Creating goals for ourselves and checking in on our progress
- Discussions on how we can make our work more reflective of JEDI principles
- Collaborating on different tactics to advance policy
- Taking action!
Youth v. Oil in the Media
Thank you so much for everyone who helped promote Youth v. Oil!
We have gotten the opportunity to be featured in several news articles, check them out!