The State has just released “Rising Seas in California” (Click to download your copy) that includes emerging science on the Antarctica and Greenland ice sheets. In calm, science-based language, the report puts the public on notice that things are changing at a faster rate. “Previously underappreciated glaciological processes, examined in the research of the last five years, have the potential to greatly increase the probability of extreme global sea-level rise (6 feet or more) within this century if emissions continue unabated.” The report also notes how for every foot of global SLR from Antarctica, California will get 1.25 feet. Special! In May-June, the State will hold workshops on how to use the new science.
(Click to watch video) On March 15, a large crowd gather at San Rafael City Hall to learn about the practical, real-world steps we can all take to combat climate change. Topics and speakers were:
On December 19, an overflow crowd filled the San Rafael HS gym to hear a report from Congressman Jared Huffman on the state of climate action and other environmental issues under the incoming Trump administration. Sustainable San Rafael was oner of the event sponsors.
Joining Congressman Huffman on the panel were . . .
- Bruce Riordan of the Climate Readiness Institute
- Michael Wall of the Natural Resources Defense Council
- Drew Caputo, of Earthjustice.
Here’s the video of the complete event.
In August, the San Rafael City Council voted to move ahead with a major initiative to install solar panels on six city buildings. The first site to be completed will be City Hall, pictured above. When the project is complete. 57% of the city’s electric use will be delivered by solar, and the city’s greenhouse gas emissions will have been reduced by 18%. Check out this story in the Marin IJ for more details.
On October 8, 2014, we held a follow-up to this summer’s overflow “Rising Waters, Rising Rates” event on climate-induced insurance costs. This time, participants were asked to join a panel of Marin climate leaders to brainstorm together on what we can do to ‘manage the risks’ from growing climate disruptions.
Review a “Storyfy” report on the event by clicking here. (Complete video from this event will be posted soon.)
Topics addressed were:
- Who pays for the damage from more flooding, wildfires, drought & heat?
- How will our most vulnerable communities cope?
- Can enhanced wetlands absorb higher storm surges?
- Can we fund a county-wide climate vulnerability assessment?
- How can households save money by reducing carbon and increasing resilience?
- Doesn’t it make more economic sense to solve climate change than “adapt” to it?
- How can EPA, regional, state & national efforts help?
Gail Nappel, Adaptation Chair, Sustainable San Rafael
Bob Brown, Community Development Director, City of Novato
Leslie Alden, Aide to Marin Supervisor Kate Sears
Greg Brockbank, President, Sustainable Marin
Sandy Wallenstein, Director, Shore-Up Marin
Jeff Rhoads, Director, Marin Resilient Bay Shore
Tamra Peters, Director, Resilient Neighborhoods
Doug Wilson, Co-Chair, Climate Action Working Group
Belle Cole, Marin Organizing for Action
Bill Carney, President, Sustainable San Rafael
Jointly sponsored by:
On July 9, 2014 a full-house audience gathered at the San Rafael Corporate Center to confront the all-too-imminent threat of climate-induced sea-level rise and the threat of higher insurance rates and limited coverage. Here’s the full-length video from this sobering event:
The second forum in this series, “Rising Waters, Rising Voices” was held October 8. Watch for video of that event coming soon.