A major public survey on climate change, just released by the Public Religion Research Institute, powerfully affirms Climate Resolve’s approach.
The study finds that three quarters of Americans urgently want to see the nation invest in climate solutions today in order to avoid more serious problems in the future. These big numbers validate Climate Resolve approach on cool roofs, a climate policy won by our organization in Los Angeles.
Other key findings:
- 69% of Americans believe there is solid evidence that earth’s temperature has been increasing over the past few decades
- More than 70% of Hispanic Americans are concerned about the impact of climate change; where six-in-10 black Americans are concerned about climate change; Anglos score lower at 43%
- 57% favor stricter limits on carbon emissions from power plants, even if it raises the price of electricity
On the downside, polling reveals fewer than one-quarter of Americans believe that they will be personally harmed by climate change. Wow. That shows we need to move away from discussing climate change as a global problem and instead make it relevant at the local level. Local impacts and local solutions help people understand the problem and how they can be a part of the solution.
Join the Los Angeles Business Council, Climate Resolve ,and hundreds of other national and City leaders at the Annual Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit on October 29. As you no doubt know, transportation is the largest sector of GHG emissions in Los Angeles. Focusing on where we live and work—and how we get there—is one of the best ways to help reduce our carbon footprint as a society. This event will feature congresswomen Maxine Waters and Janice Hahn and their partners in the private sector discussing how Los Angeles can reduce time spent in traffic and improve the quality of housing and jobs—all while protecting the environment.
Measure P would renew a parks bond passed way back in 1992, levying a $23 per parcel special tax to fund parks, beaches, and recreation, to the tune of $54 million a year for the next 30 years. That’s incredible! LA County provides more information, including a breakdown of proposed uses for funds, and an info session is planned in Crenshaw on Friday, October 24.
Prop 1 is a statewide water bond, $7.5 billion overall, that may bring much-needed funding to LA for local water enhancements.
Get interested, educate yourself, and get out to vote!
The path to LA’s future runs through USC next month, when Climate Resolve hosts Decarbonizing California, a major conference bringing together hundreds of people to discuss how California can help win the fight against climate change.
Decarbonizing California, set for Monday, November 17, 8 am-5 pm at USC’s Davidson Center, will celebrate how our state is meeting important climate targets while simultaneously improving our quality of life and generating economic growth. We will explore how Californians are able and willing to stand up to this climate challenge.
The conference is co-hosted by the USC Marshall School of Business and the Schwarzenegger Institute.
It is also sponsored by California’s leading organizations, including American Lung Association, Sierra Club, NRDC, Environmental Defense Fund, The Nature Conservancy, California League of Conservation Voters, LAANE, Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action, CleanTech San Diego, Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy, Climate Action Reserve, SCOPE, TreePeople, and Communities for a Better Environment.
Here’s my promise: There will be no fluff. No speechifying. Decarbonizing California will be rich in content—tough candid talk—but by the end of the day you will have cause for hope.
Cost: free-of-charge (donations are welcome). Registration has been robust . . . so sign up now.
Following the lead of Los Angeles, Pasadena will become the second Southern California city to institute a requirement for “cool roofs” for all new residential construction as well as re-roofs when the square footage being replaced is 50% or greater. A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof.
Climate Resolve met with members of the community active with Transition Pasadena and the Citizens Climate Lobby (Pasadena Foothills chapter) in the spring of 2014 to advise them on cool roof policy. From there they took the blue print and met with the Mayor, members of the Pasadena City Council as well representatives of the city’s utility, Pasadena Water and Power. This is a great step forward in meeting the City’s energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction goals, all while reducing the urban heat island effect and helping Pasadena residents reduce their energy expenses at home.