Mission Statement

The Soboba Tribal Environmental Department is committed to protecting, restoring, and enhancing natural resources on the Soboba Reservation for all tribal members past, present, and future.

What We Do

The Environmental Department works to raise awareness of all aspects of the environment. This includes solid waste issues, pollution prevention, water and air quality, conservation measures, household hazardous waste disposal, and many other areas. In addition to community outreach and education efforts such as participating in community events, the department also hosts an annual Tribal Earth Day event and community clean up days. We also conduct surface water quality testing on streams running through the reservation, collect and manage geographical data, and create programs to address environmental concerns.

An easy way to begin learning about the environment around you is to visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency website and use MyEnvironment

 

The Environmental Department is gearing up for an even greener 2020. Upcoming events include the 14th Annual Soboba Tribal Earth Day Event and the Soboba Tribal Community Clean-Up. Please check back with us for dates and details!

 

It’s a new year and with the ringing in of 2020 we celebrate National Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, April 24th, 2020. Earth Day has become one of the most celebrated events that inspires people all over the world to fight for environmental awareness on national and global levels. It’s hard to believe that before 1970 any factory could spew out toxic chemicals into the air or neighboring streams, lakes, and oceans. At this time, there were no legal means or government entities to oversee and ensure the protection of our environment. It wasn’t until 1970 when Senator Gaylord Nelson created a special day, Earth Day, to put environmental protection onto the national stage (Right Image: Gaylord Nelson with William K. Reily, Earth Day 1990). It was so overwhelmingly popular, over twenty million Americans demonstrated across the United States. This unanimous participation sparked an environmental movement that pushed Congress to authorize the creation of a new federal agency to take on environmental issues. That agency is known as the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Every year Earth day is celebrated with a theme that represents an important topic or issue for environmental protection. This year for Earth Day’s 50th anniversary, it is befitting that the theme for 2020 is one of the most important environmental issues of today and it is Climate Action. This theme is so important, not only because it focuses on the many issues of climate change but it emphasizes on getting up and taking action on climate change. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity but this year we can take climate action as a vast number of opportunities to help our planet be healthy for us and every plant and animal on it. At the end of 2020, nations will be expected to increase their national commitments to the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change. Join people all over the world to meet our climate crisis and seize the enormous opportunities of a more sustainable future.

Here Are 11 Actions You Can Take to Fight Climate Change

1. Walk, cycle, or take transit instead of driving.

Transportation is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions. Most of these emissions are from passenger vehicles, so start by considering the impact of your everyday journeys.

2. Limit your consumption.

Modern consumer culture promotes the constant purchase of new things and disposal of old. ‘Reduce’ is the most important part of the mantra ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’.

3. Reduce your food waste…

…and buy local to reduce the miles your food has travelled.

4. Use less energy at home.

Another big contributor of carbon emissions comes from heating and cooling our homes and buildings, so making your house more energy efficient is a great way to limit your impact. Getting a smart thermostat will help you lower your energy use and lower your energy bills. You can also save carbon and money by turning off your air conditioner when it’s not needed, or hang drying your clothes instead of using a dryer.

5. Limit your air travel.

Even a relatively short return trip from London to Rome carries a carbon footprint of 234kg of CO2 per passenger – more than the average produced by citizens of 17 countries annually. If you can avoid flying with alternatives like rail, or even enjoying a staycation, choose the lower carbon option.

6. Give your home an energy retrofit.

You can drastically reduce your carbon footprint by improving your insulation, replacing an inefficient furnace or fitting new energy efficient windows. Start with a home energy audit to find out what needs to be done first.

7. If you have to drive, consider an Electric Vehicle or Plug-In Hybrid.

Thanks to innovations in alternative fueled vehicles, you can reduce your carbon emissions from transportation by up to 90% compared to a regular car.

8. Use renewable energy.

One way you can do this is by adding solar panels to your roof, or investing in community solar or wind projects if you don’t have access to a roof.  Adding solar panels reduces our reliance on fossil fuels and contributes to the move towards a fully renewable energy future.

9. Eat less meat and more plant based foods.

The meat industry takes up huge amounts of land and contributes considerably to global greenhouse gas emissions.  Commitments like Meatless Mondays, or reducing your meat consumption to at most one meal per day can have a big impact. Eat more plants, and try growing some of them yourself.

10. Ask your political representatives to do more to fight climate change…

…and support the efforts they are making. Sign petitions. Write to your congresses men and women and local representatives, ask them to support policies and plans to meet our climate targets. The more they hear from you, the more they’ll know that it’s a priority for their constituents.

11. Vote for the environment.

When the time comes to vote – whether it is municipal, state, or federal – vote with the environment in mind. The more we vote for politicians who take climate change seriously, the stronger actions elected governments are likely to take to fight climate change.

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