California’s Next Move

Posted by in #Blog, #Jonathan Parfrey Posts on January 19, 2017

The global average temperature has been rising steeply since 1980; locally, our average temperature in Los Angeles is projected to rise another 3-5° F by midcentury. In addition, we are already experiencing a big increase in extreme weather phenomena.

Warmer temperatures will profoundly impact Southern California — from higher incidence of heat stroke to more people using air conditioning to new mosquito-borne tropical diseases entering the state.

And the effects don’t stop there. Our changing climate will alter how we get our water, it will impact our coastline with heightened sea levels, and it will increase the frequency and severity of local wildfires.

As a society, what must we do to meet this great challenge?

First, we must agree on the facts about climate change. Then, we must establish an iterative process that engages policymakers with local practitioners, businesses, and community members, who can all contribute to designing the best way to safeguard California.

The California Climate Change Symposium is just that forum. Next week, in Sacramento, researchers will present up-to-date science as well as emerging research. And the symposium will also have local government and community members to ground truth the policy ideas — how these climate adaptations might play out in real life.

The California Department of Natural Resources, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, and Cal EPA are co-hosts, and these agencies, along with Climate Resolve, helped shape the two-day symposium. Climate Resolve is honored to be in the trusted role of organizing this important event.

Connecting science to policy to community is the right way to become more resilient.

Hope to see you in Sacramento.