Monthly News from CR: June 2018

Posted by on June 5, 2018

Fork in the Road

Harvard Kennedy School just published a fascinating study on the fate of Alaskan villagers – how they’re dealing with coastal floods fueled by climate change. The land is eroding beneath their feet.

Elizabeth Arnold’s study offers key lessons in how to talk about climate change – she says 1) make it local and 2) provide hope ― two insights that animate Climate Resolve’s work ― but the study had another subtler takeaway.

The Alaskan villagers had reached a true fork-in-the-road ― one path entails adapting to new circumstances and the other path entails denial and failure.

While Alaska struggles with coastal erosion and melting permafrost, in Los Angeles our climate-fueled challenges entail extreme heat, wildfire, drought, sea level rise and a devil’s brew of secondary effects.

The State of California is thankfully looking ahead.

Appearing on the ballot today, June 5th, is Proposition 68, see article below. If approved, the initiative will protect our watersheds and coastlines from climate impacts. Climate Resolve strongly endorses this measure.

Signed by Governor Brown this week are two landmark water conservation bills, SB 606 and AB 1668, authored by Los Angeles legislators, Senator Robert Hertzberg and Assemblymember Laura Friedman. This is big stuff – especially given the “new normal” of deeper droughts and bigger floods. The efficient use of California’s limited supply of water is a key adaptation action.

Climate Resolve contributed to the success of the water legislation. Major credit, however, goes to NRDC’s Tracy Quinn, as well as the Water Foundation, Pacific Institute, California Coastkeeper Alliance, Community Water Center and Water Now Alliance.

We’re also excited about SB 262 (Wieckowski) that proposes to codify the Governor’s Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program – so that it will continue into future administrations.

There’s still so much to do. We’ve finally arrived at a fork in the road – adapt or fail.

I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20)

I say, choose life.

Jonathan Parfrey
Executive Director
Climate Resolve

Vote Today with the Climate Resolve CA Climate Voter Guide

The election is today, Tuesday June 5th. Head to the polls with our CA Climate Voter Guide that prepares you to vote for #climateresilience! This means #Yeson68 and #StopProp70. Share with your friends!

YES on Prop 68:
Let’s invest $4 billion in California’s park-poor neighborhoods, clean water needs, and wildfire prevention.

NO on Prop 70:
Let’s STOP corporate interests from taking advantage of the dollars meant to clean our air, expand renewable energy, and fight #climatechange.

Why Yes on Prop 68?

Proposition 68 supports a lot more than just parks and clean water. This great measure also supports climate adaptation and resilience.

If adopted, Prop 68 will allocate $443 million to climate projects that enhance drought tolerance, increase water retention, and support communities in adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change, especially disadvantaged communities. $30 million will fund innovative farm management practices, so that we can improve soil health and ensure economic viability.

Prop 68 will also fund urban forestry for wildfire prevention, flood protection as well as sustainable groundwater management, improving both water supply and quality.

There’s even funding specifically for the California Conservation Corps, training youth to perform the work of making California more climate resilience.

We’re all included in Prop 68 — from the desert to the coast.

Check out Climate Resolve’s special ads, designed in support of Prop. 68. We think they’re cool!

Anna Van
Climate Corp Fellow
Climate Resolve

‘Climate Change in Los Angeles: Addressing our Era’s Extraordinary Challenge + Opportunity for a Better Quality of Life’

Date: June 6, 2018
Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM
Hosted by: MASHstudios
2611 W. Exposition Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90018

Join AIA | LA COTE and Climate Resolve to discuss how climate change is already affecting the City of Los Angeles, and how we can mitigate the negative affects.

Climate Resolve is bringing a cutting-edge climate science and solutions presentation to AIA members and the architectural community. The presentation by Climate Resolve’s Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ignacio Fernandez, includes information about how climate change will affect Angelenos, down to the very neighborhood block, while offering solutions for individuals and city designers to make a difference.

We will talk about what’s predicted for the future using research from UCLA and USC, including projections for extreme heat days and snowpack. Lastly, the presentation covers feasible solutions for urban environments to combat the urban heat island effect, which would be of great interest for city planners and designers.

RSVP here!

Climate Resolve Gets It Done

Climate Resolve’s Associate Director Bryn Lindblad — and our great coalition EnviroMetro — is featured as a dignitary in Metro’s new report titled, “How to Pass a Mega Transportation Measure,” which provide lessons learned to transportation agencies and other stakeholders considering pursuit of a ballot measure to increase local transportation funding.

Governor Brown signed SB 606 (Hertzberg) and AB 1668 (Friedman) on May 31, 2018 to help the state better prepare for droughts and climate change by establishing statewide water efficiency standards. Climate Resolve is proud to have contributed to this landmark legislation.

Upcoming Events

Thursday June 21st, 10am-12pm – Participate in regional public meetings on the development of California’s Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan. RSVP for the Sierra Nevada & Foothills meeting here or click to join the webinar here.

Thursday June 21st, 5:30pm-8:00pm – Key stakeholders will gather in DTLA to discuss the economic impacts of Governor Brown’s new climate resilience plan at Economics of CA Wildfires and Natural Disasters on our Utilities…Who Ends up Footing the Final Bill?

Thursday June 26th, 10:00 am-2:00 pm PST – The Climate Registry will host the first stakeholder outreach workshop for the Water-Energy Nexus Registry at the San Diego Foundation. The workshop will also be broadcast via webinar for those who cannot attend in person.

Saturday June 30th, 3:00pm-7:00pm – Breweries in the San Gabriel Valley get part of their water from rivers and streams that originate in the peaks of the San Gabriel Mountains. Join Nature for All for the San Gabriel Mountains Beer Series to learn about ongoing conservation efforts in our region while enjoying beer samples!

Saturday July 14th, 8:00am-12:00pm – Become a citizen scientist by helping Climate Resolve and Amigos de los Rios measure tree canopy at Whittier Narrows Park. We will train you the day of and provide all the materials + refreshments!

Job Announcements

The Climate Registry is hiring an Outreach and Communications Coordinator who will assist in the implementation of The Climate Registry’s outreach efforts, including development and communication activities for the Climate Leadership Conference.

BREATHE LA is seeking a dynamic, creative and organized Manager of Public Policy and Advocacy to manage the org’s legislative and government affairs, as well as advocacy campaigns and community outreach.