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Climate Change 1000% Resolved *

Posted by in # Blog, #Jonathan Parfrey Posts, #Reducing Emissions on December 22, 2015

The Paris Climate Agreement reached this month is so fantastic there’s frankly nothing left to do. The climate problem has been resolved, and, therefore, no reason to keep Climate Resolve in business. So that’s it, friends. Goodbye and farewell.

Yeah, right.

Seriously, though, the Paris Agreement was a great step forward — but a single step in a long ultra-marathon.

The nations of the world set carbon reduction targets – bravo! — yet despite the rhetoric of 1.5°C and 2°C, the current agreement allows emissions to drive up the earth’s temperature by an additional 3℃. Trust me — climate scientists shake their heads at 3℃. Our frail planet hasn’t experienced temperatures like that for millions of years.

So the task before us is to not just effectuate the Paris targets but accomplish them sooner. Much sooner.

And California is leading the way. Our delegation in Paris was highly influential. We demonstrated that a modern economy can decarbonize and grow at the same time.

Climate Resolve is at the very heart of the California experiment. From winning legislation in Sacramento to expanding public transit in Los Angeles, Climate Resolve is succeeding — and we have a major, and growing, political base behind us.

Yes, we’ll always have Paris — but today we can have Los Angeles too. That’s why I’m asking you to contribute to Climate Resolve today with a tax-deductible donation.

California can be a light to the world. But we need to get it right. Help us make it so.

— Jonathan Parfrey

p.s. If you need a reminder about our work, see a quick list of some of Climate Resolve’s initiatives.

* I’m joking.

CLIMATE RESOLVE IS:

REDUCING EMISSIONS

Easing Traffic. Climate Resolve is working on a new transportation measure to be placed before LA County voters in November 2016. We helped form the coalition, EnviroMetro, which represents 65+ organizations.

Improving Our Schools. Collaborating with EcoMotion, the Climate-Smart Schools program is today helping school districts implement energy efficiency and water conservation measures — saving money, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and plowing the savings into instructing the next generation.

Helping the Economy. Working with the Southern California Association of Governments and LA n Sync, Climate Resolve is helping cities and developers bring home cap-and-trade dollars.

Social Equity — So All May Prosper. Partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and Grid Alternatives, Climate Resolve’s Climate-Ready Roofs program brings high-tech clean energy solutions to communities traditionally left out of the green energy economy.

HELPING SOCAL PREPARE

Cooling Our Roofs. With Climate Resolve’s leadership, in December 2013, Los Angeles became the first major city to pass a law requiring all new and refurbished homes to have a cool roof. We’re currently working with legislators to expand the program statewide.

Cooling Our Streets. With a grant from California Coastal Conservancy, Climate Resolve has helped develop a toolkit on cooling city streets.

Curbing Urban Heat Island. Our efforts to curb urban heat island effects includes working with the City of Los Angeles on its Sustainability pLAn.

Educational Events. Climate Resolve was the convener of the two-day California Climate Change Symposium in August, which brought together climate scientists and policymakers in an effort to find the best ways to help Californians mitigate and cope with the effects of climate change.

Winning Climate Legislation. Climate Resolve teamed up with The Nature Conservancy and Local Government Commission to lobby for three successful climate bills (now signed into law) that set California on a course to adapt to climate impacts.

CONNECTING, CONVENING, COMMUNICATING

Leading on the Path to Positive. We’re organizing new voices on climate change. An example: Climate Resolve and ecoAmerica brought six hundred Angelenos together at a November conference, where we collectively drafted a new Los Angeles Declaration on Climate Action.

KCET Climate Change LA. We teamed up the KCETLink Media Group to provide a special online platform on climate change as it affects Southern California.

Speaking Out. Climate Resolve’s speakers bureau and social media work translates obtuse climate notions for Angelenos to understand and take easy actions.

PROTECTING SOCAL’S LAND & RESOURCES

San Gabriel Mountains Forever. Climate Resolve is a core member of the San Gabriel Mountains Forever coalition that helped win national monument status for the mountains, and now seeks to expand protection — and provide more access to — the area.

Water Awareness. Working with LAUSD, Climate Resolve is helping to educate high school teachers on water and drought issues facing the Southland.