For Climate Resolve, Independence Day is on July 1 this year. That’s because today is the day we officially become our own independent 501(c)(3) organization!
Wait, you might ask—hasn’t Climate Resolve been a nonprofit this whole time, with its own staff, board of directors, goals, and projects? Yes, but we have also been fiscally sponsored by Community Partners, who managed the behind-the-scenes matters for us (accounting, HR…). Basically, they took care of everything that wasn’t part of our program, while we focused on Climate Resolve’s mission.
We’re so grateful to Community Partners for all of the support they have given us for the past four years. Climate Resolve as it exists today would not have been possible without them. And we’re also looking forward to what the future will hold for us as we forge out on our own. We already have big plans, and we can’t wait to share them with you!
— Community Partners (@CommunityPrtnrs) July 1, 2015
We know that California is leading on climate—and Los Angeles leaders are part of that charge—so it was great to see a standing-room only crowd assembled in the Tom Bradley Room of Los Angeles City Hall on Thursday, June 25, for the launch of “Path to Positive: Los Angeles—Leveraging Regional Action for Global Impact on Climate Solutions,” an initiative we organized with ecoAmerica.
Path to Positive: Los Angeles is a project to empower local leaders in five sectors—faith, health, business, higher education, and local municipalities—to engage Angelenos in climate solutions. For the three-year initiative, we will work with ecoAmerica on supporting the leaders and organizations who sign up for Path to Positive: Los Angeles with monthly webinars and other online resources targeted to their sectors.
“It’s not just environmentalists that are going to lead on climate change—it’s everyone,” said our Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey. “When we focus on communities, we can engage Angelenos on support for policy solutions and public action at the state and local level.”
Among the local officials who spoke about collective efforts to tackle climate change in Los Angeles and Southern California: Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia; State of California Treasurer John Chiang; State of California Controller Betty Yee; Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer; and Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin. Mayor Garcia discussed the greening of the Port of Long Beach and the city’s soon-to-be introduced sustainability plan, adding that the most exciting element was its focus to “make Long Beach a climate-resilient city.”
Nurit Katz, the Chief Sustainability Officer at UCLA, was among those representing higher education and spoke about schools being “a living laboratory for sustainability.” Allis Druffel of Interfaith Power & Light took the opportunity to discuss how the Pope’s encyclical is “about people and how we treat the poor and vulnerable among us.” To that point, Malcolm Carson of Community Health Councils discussed the issue from a health frame, pointing out that communities that contribute the least to climate change often suffer the most from the urban heat island effect. On the business front, Tom Bowman, a member of the California Business Alliance for a Clean Economy, shared his own success in making climate change central to business—”cutting emissions and saving money while doing it.” (For more comments of the day, see our Storify summary.)
“We need to convert climate change from special interest to public interest,” said Bob Perkowitz, President of ecoAmerica. “With Path to Positive, we are trying to use LA as an example for the rest of the world. It’s encouraging that 100 have already signed on.”
We also announced the Path to Positive conference on November 6, 2015 at the Cathedral of Los Angeles. Interested in joining us as we take local action on climate change? Sign up for Path to Positive online.
What a way to finish a week that shined a light on how action on climate change can impact public health: discussing what we’re doing on the ground in Los Angeles with the EPA’s Gina McCarthy at a lunch hosted by the American Lung Association in California.
It was a week in which we convened local leaders to discuss climate action twice—for the release of the Lancet Commission on climate change and health, and for the launch of Path to Positive: Los Angeles to engage Angelenos. We even saw #climatehealth trend on Twitter.
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California
Great news from Climate Resolve: Our Path to Positive: Los Angeles campaign with ecoAmerica kicked off with some of LA’s most important climate leaders assembled at City Hall—and some you wouldn’t necessarily associate with climate, such as representatives from the religious and business sectors. (You can read highlights with our Storify social media recap.) There are some big things in the works—including a big event on November 6—and we hope you’ll join us.
Also this week, Climate Resolve was honored to help launch the release of the Lancet Commission’s new study on public health and climate change, with a press conference and discussion with local leaders on ways we can reduce emissions and protect public health here in LA. Climate change is undoubtedly one of the biggest threats to health and safety that we face today, and we look forward to continuing to help Los Angeles confront this threat head-on.
Get ready—bike share is officially coming to LA! (Mayor’s Office)
LADWP sent out letters to LA’s top 1% – of residential water users. Hopefully this wake-up call helps make conservation a new friendly neighborhood competition. (LA Times) On the subject of water conservation, if you’re thinking of replacing your lawn with artificial turf, don’t! (NPR)
The sound of conservation: A composer from Fresno imagines “Water(less) Music” at Disney Hall (KPCC)
BEYOND THE GOLDEN STATE
National and international climate news
A major EPA study has found that inaction on climate change could cost us billions of dollars.
In The Hague, a Dutch court has ruled that the national government must take action to fight climate change. (New York Times)
HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating
Even breweries have to adapt to changing climate—we can’t be expected to adapt without a reward, after all. (NPR Science)
How does climate adaptation affect you? Here are some tips from the UN’s Climate Conference:
Words Worth Repeating
— California Delivers (@CAdelivers) June 26, 2015
“When we set ground rules to limit carbon pollution, we send a long-term market signal that propels innovation and investment in cleaner energy technologies, expanding new industries and creating good-paying jobs.”—Gina McCarthy of EPA in Medium
“Perhaps people would be more for preventing global warming if we refer to it as taking a stand for preserving traditional sea levels.”—Jon Stewart on The Daily Show
Online posts, longreads and book suggestions
You’ve heard about the Lancet Commission’s report on climate change and health.
A historical error in water distribution is having a long-lasting impact on the Western US. (NPR)
Last week, the Pope’s groundbreaking encyclical had us all a-flutter. But religion is not incompatible with fighting climate change. In fact, Teddy Roosevelt, one of the pioneers of the modern mainstream environmental movement, was deeply influenced by his faith in his commitment to the natural world. (What It Means To Be American)
“Power to the People: Why the Rise of Green Energy Makes Utility Companies Nervous” by Bill McKibbon in The New Yorker
Images, videos, and infographics that deserve a close look
Explore global emissions with this interactive chart. (Christian Science Monitor)
One man’s trash is another man’s skateboard:
Below, posts about our Path to Positive event compiled by Storify.