CALIFORNIA

Steyer launches fund to help drought victims

California climate activist Tom Steyer announced a relief fund today aimed at helping Californians cope with the state's historic drought.

The California Drought Relief Fund will assist people who have run out of water or are affected by wildfires.

Steyer said climate change is exacerbating the drought, underscoring the need to control greenhouse gas emissions.

"From devastating drought to dangerous wildfires, California's families are already feeling the impacts of climate change. As Californians, we stand ready to lend a hand to our friends and neighbors," he said. "Their struggles remind us of our moral responsibility to protect our communities while we address the cause of the climate crisis and build a better future for our children."

Steyer and his wife, Kat Taylor, contributed $100,000 to the fund; they're also calling on environmental groups, including 350.org, the Climate Reality Project and the Courage Campaign, to raise more money through their members. Steyer said the goal is to raise $250,000.

The money will go to three California nonprofits: Self-Help Enterprises, the Environmental Justice Coalition for Water and the California Fire Foundation, which helps families of firefighters killed in action as well as people displaced by wildfires.

Twitter: @debra_kahn Email: dkahn@eenews.net

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