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March 31, 2014

There’s an African proverb: If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.

And when it comes to climate change, there is no choice: we have to go far

That’s why Climate Resolve is working with dozens of organizations, businesses, agencies and researchers — we want to help California go far and thrive.

Working with other organizations the past couple months has created a flurry of activity.

Here’s a taste:

Further, the Local Government Commission and Governor’s Office asked us to serve on the California Adaptation Forum (which will take place on August 19-20 in Sacramento) while the California Energy Commission asked us to help improve the Cal-Adapt website.

And Climate Resolve is excited to be working with the environmental justice group, Communities for a Better Environment, in their effort to make Wilmington climate resilient.

An abbreviated list… truly it is… but you get the picture. Climate Resolve plays well with others.

The secret of success in politics (perhaps in life as well) is to be selfless — to realize that the goal is more important than career or ego. This is our credo — to get the job done.

Now it’s your turn. Come with us . . . together, we’ll go far.

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March 25, 2014

With sidewalks and streets in disrepair across the city, a broad range of Los Angeles-based nonprofits have come together to form the ‘Streets for the Future Coalition.’ The coalition aims to ensure that a ballot measure, proposed by City Councilmembers Busciano and Englander, will not only fill potholes, but improve the health and safety of the City’s four million residents.

Streets and sidewalks throughout LA are in disrepair.  Image credit: LATimes

Streets & sidewalks across LA are in disrepair.
Image credit: LATimes

The City of Los Angeles Chief Legislative Analyst (CLA) and City Administrative Officer (CAO) released a report that recommends a 15-year half-cent sales tax increase, raising nearly $4 billion for street and sidewalk improvements.

This report is the beginning of a public dialogue on the future of Los Angeles streets — and we plan to work to include funding for the cool, green, and complete measures that the coalition has advocated for since last year. Moving forward, we will work to ensure this initiative does more than return our streets to 1950 designs, and instead moves Los Angeles forward to 2050.

February 28, 2014

I don’t blame Al Gore and Bill McKibben – they’re wonderful men who’ve done more than anyone to alert Americans to climate issues. But the way they talk about climate stinks.

They focus, too often, on scary evidence. Melting glaciers. Melting sea ice. Floods and droughts. The theory is that a preponderance of facts will be so convincing, so irrefutable and urgent, that the public will act.

That method works for some folks. In fact, a recent Yale survey reveals that 30% of the public are so alarmed that they’d join a campaign to halt climate change.

But that message falls flat with the remaining 70% – over 200 million Americans.

Let me be explicit: middle America won’t be won over by scary stories or by inviting them to join the environmental movement’s end-of-the world cavalcade.

People want hope. And Climate Resolve believes there’s good cause to be hopeful.

Together, we can: 1) simultaneously prepare for climate impacts, 2) reduce our contributions to the problem, and 3) improve the quality of life today – and in the future. In so doing, we will create a more resilient Los Angeles that will thrive in the face of climate change.

Climate Resolve is working to accomplish all three goals all at once – by working with cutting-edge researchers to help shape exciting policy initiatives.

The way to win the climate argument is to embrace, not fear, the future.

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February 28, 2014

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February 12, 2014

With California’s drought taking center stage in the media lately, it’s important to recognize that all Angelenos and Californians alike can take immediate action to reduce water usage in our everyday lives. While LADWP offers incentives to remove water-sucking grass lawns, we want to show you some easy ways you can reduce your water usage starting right now.

Four tips to save water right away

Even if researchers can’t directly connect this drought with climate change, Californians can use this water emergency as a ‘dry run’ to help us plan for more water conservation in the future. The science is clear: as annual temperatures increase over the coming decades, Los Angeles will see lower annual snowpack and soil moisture — and it will be essential to conserve even more in the later part of the 21st century.

But, first, let’s clear the air about water usage in Los Angeles. Over the past few years, LA has become a leading example of policies and actions to reduce water usage while fostering sustainability in a major metropolitan area. Residents in the City of Los Angeles use an average of 152 gallons of water a day — which is below the state average of 196 gallons (not including agricultural uses). Throughout the region, these numbers vary from the lowest in Compton (106 gpd) to the high of Beverly Hills (285 gpd).

Where San Francisco and Los Angeles gets it waterAlthough the region is ahead of the curve on water conservation, we do have one dirty secret you may have heard before: “Los Angeles imports its water from across the state and that’s not sustainable.” It’s true — Los Angeles imports 71% of its water. But, if that number seems high, consider that San Francisco imports over 99% of its water and New York City imports 100% of its water.

Most major cities, with their large and dense population, have to import water — and Los Angeles is no exception. But, climate studies are predicting hotter annual temperatures and less soil moisture in the coming decades — and everyone will be expected to conserve more water. Climate Resolve believes we can use this severe drought to re-double our efforts at reducing our water usage in preparation for the tough times ahead.

For the typical Angeleno, the biggest water-waster is right out our front doors – our lawns. If you own your home (and have a lawn) LADWP  provides incentives — up to $2/sq ft to remove grass and turf and replace it with drought-resistant plantings.

While the tips below won’t make quite as big an impact on your water bill, we’ve selected a few simple ways to help further reduce your water — that you can start doing this minute. Take a look, and then share with your friends on Facebook or Twitter to show how they can join you in helping make California more resilient in the face of a changing climate.

Four tips to save water right away

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