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TAKING HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE PERSONALLY

CLIMATE CHANGE: WHAT CAN YOU DO?

  1. COMMUNICATE- Speak Up

—Don’t let denial go unchallenged

—Tell your own personal story

—Use social and traditional media to get the word out

—Write letters to the editor

— Call TV and radio stations

—Join organizations committed to solving the climate crisis (see below)

  1. CHOOSE- Deepen your Commitment

—Make consumer choices that reduce energy use —Consider the environmental impact of purchases —Simplify your lifestyle

  1. LOBBY—DON’T GIVE UP

—Changing Laws is more important than changing light bulbs

—Tell your leaders this matters to you!

—Let them know you will support or strongly oppose them based on what they say and do

about solving the climate crisis

Go to Education Page to check your climate footprint!
 
Go to Social Action Page for info on Centennial Dam project.

ACTIONS WE COULD TAKE IF IT WERE POLITICALLY POSSIBLE

--We could stop subsidizing fossil fuels and invest in energy conservation and renewable energy —We could stop subsidizing fossil-fuel intensive agribusiness and invest in small organic farms —We could stop using the U.S. military to preserve access to oil

—We could engage in good-faith negotiations toward an international treaty with binding limits on greenhouse gas emissions

—We could employ a progressive “fee and dividend” approach to lowering emissions, such as that proposed by Citizens Climate Lobby, by imposing a fee on carbon at the source and returning all revenues to the public to offset rising fuel prices

—These ideas may seem impossible at this time, but it’s our job to change what is possible.

HOW CAN WE CHANGE WHAT IS POSSIBLE?

—Changing consciousness, develop a life-nourishing spirituality

—Live simply; resist culture’s pressure to over consume

—recycle, conserve energy, eat lower on the food chain

— Invest in alternative technologies

—Work to create sustainable communities

—Work for climate justice

—Network across issues and across borders—globalization from below

—Advocate for public policies that foster sustainability and justice

—Advocate for a “fee and dividend” approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions

—Build a base of political power that can gain the support of the majority

—Work with Move to Amend to pass a constitutional amendment that would clarify that

corporations are not persons and money is not speech

—Listen to young people’s concerns and support their solutions

—Work to change the system that produces climate change: “System Change not Climate

Change”

HEALTH/CLIMATE  LINKS TO WEBSITES

This report is mandated by Congress to be delivered every four years to the president; this is the latest report, from Nov. 2018

April 2017 climate march in Nevada City

Heat, Fire, Water: How Climate Change Has Created a Public Health Emergency. 

Panel provides key information for climate negotiations

Information on carbon fee and dividend

2019 Summer Camp Youth at the Nevada City Farmer's Market

Summer camp forestry walk and talk

     NC-CAN - A Focus On Youth Actions

 

More than 15,000 people in Nevada County fall under the age of 14. Another 15,000 are 15-30. “Many of these youth do more than tweet or rally to participate in a good cause. They tether their skills to tangible outcomes and study solutions to local and global challenges,” according to the Nevada County Climate Action Now (NC-CAN) Education Committee conveners, who believe that “the attitudes, actions and initiatives of these youth help them emerge as potential change makers of the future.”

Go to the Education Climate Change Agents Page for report on the 2019 camp.  

Citizen's Climate Lobby

Climate Crisis Turning Point Turns to Action

By Debbie Gibbs

 

The road to change looms as a long march, not a 50-yard dash. Remember when respected journalist Walter Cronkite called upon America, in 1968, to show honor, negotiation skills and to live up to its pledges rather than to measure the Tet Offensive and other Vietnam War skirmishes in terms of ultimate victory? After seeing Cronkite’s February 1968 critical newscast on the war, President Lyndon Johnson said, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost the country." He had to redefine his role in light of that sea change.

 

Recently a similar iconic media moment occurred when Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, devoted his entire December 30 program to the Climate Crisis—a first for the popular Sunday News show.  At last, the media is directing serious public attention to the consequences of global warming. A moment of measured thinking had arrived, of honor and living up to long-term pledges rather than defending outmoded positions.

 

The climate crisis news is everywhere--droughts, fires, hurricanes, and reports of species extinction. Public polls show that the majority of Americans believe the climate crisis is real. 

 

According to a December 2018 Yale poll, more than seven out of 10 Americans now say that global warming is “personally important” to them, an increase of nine points since March 2018. We all care and are concerned--for our children, our species and the globe’s other species that are gravely endangered.

 

The climate crisis has few equivalent issues, except perhaps the nuclear arms race, which threatens to erase life as we know it.  Fortunately, diplomacy appears to be keeping the atomic apocalypse at bay.

 

While climate crisis is potentially as destructive as nuclear war, action is much more difficult.  The needs are vast, with so many moving parts, intertwined not only with policy but with our economy. The deep crisis remains a few years out, so it just gets put on the back burner, while more immediate problems take center stage.

 

Sensing whether we have made any progress in this long march seems overwhelming for the majority, while a minority of the population continually takes action—globally, nationally, statewide and locally. The solutions, particularly involving public spending, are extremely challenging but certainly worth tackling.

 

Simultaneously, we should not underestimate the power of individual action to compel change.  In the United States, a stalwart consumer nation, our individual actions get attention from sellers.  If we don’t buy it, they stop making it.  Some examples of consumer-led successes: Gas guzzling cars are shunned by most, many decline to purchase food with GMO’s, and we now bring our own reusable bags to the grocery store. 

 

And…drum roll….Reuters reported on March 10, 2017 that Americans now drink more water than soda, according to research from the Beverage Marketing Corp.

 

Once informed, we make purchasing and lifestyle decisions good for us and for the world as a whole.  So, if we become informed and put resultant decisions on steroids, we can attack climate change one dollar at a time. 

 

Please know that running out to buy solar panels and electric cars is not required.  These are great choices, but often out of reach, based on the budgets of most households.  Instead, the adoption of everyday practices that reduce our carbon footprint and instruct or inspire others to reduce theirs. Collectively, we can begin to send a message and perhaps propel a larger movement to act with honor.

 

Just as President Johnson faced a turning point and a dire choice, so do we. If history looks kindly upon us, it will be due to both policy and industry shifts as well as our personal roles and commitment to simple choices. Future citizens will benefit most from our conscientiousness.

How cities can lead on climate change solutions By Ian Klaus on Dec 11, 2018

Last month, diplomats from about 130 countries are gathered in Katowice, Poland, for COP24, the latest in the annual series of climate change meetings convened under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. At the heart of the discussions this year is a grim report released in October by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C (SR1.5).

The product of more than 90 scientists working from thousands of peer-reviewed studies, SR1.5 laid out the catastrophic effects of exceeding 1.5 degrees C warming over the coming decades. Much of the global news coverage that followed the report’s release focused on a chilling projection in the form of a 12-year deadline the IPCC established to limit the most disastrous impacts of planetary warming. But the report wasn’t just a grave warning: It was also a roadmap to solutions.

Click here to read full article

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong.

By Bill McKibben

Bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act reintroduced in House WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 24, 2019 – A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon, give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90 percent by 2050.

Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), the bill will create over 2 million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation.

“Polling shows that more and more Americans are making the connection between climate change and disasters that claim lives and property,” said Mark Reynolds, executive director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. “As public pressure increases for Congress to take action, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act provides a solution that is both effective and family friendly.

This policy puts a fee on fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas. It starts low, at $15 per ton, and grows $10 per ton each year. The money collected from the carbon fee is allocated in equal shares every month to the American people to spend as they see fit. Click here to learn how this climate change legislation works and access the official legislative text of the bill.

The Energy Innovation Act is gaining support among Republicans because of its emphasis on a market-based, revenue-neutral approach. Expert economists who served Presidents Ford, Reagan, Bush 41 and Bush 43, including Alan Greenspan, Gregory Mankiw, and Ben Bernanke, recently signed a letter in the Wall Street Journal calling for a national carbon fee and dividend policy.

“Climate change is an urgent threat that demands urgent bipartisan action. With this legislation, we are making clear to our colleagues that bipartisanship is possible – even necessary – to address climate change in this Congress,” said Congressman Deutch. “Our plan, to put a price on carbon and return the net revenue back to the American people, offers our Democratic and Republican colleagues an effective approach to significantly reduce carbon emissions without shifting the burden to the American people.

At the time the Energy Innovation Act was introduced late last year, media outlets across the country wrote news articles and editorials in support of the legislation:

The Hill: “The bill will likely be a major marker of where lawmakers from both parties can agree on tackling climate change.” The San Diego Union Tribune: “[This bill] merits careful consideration as a huge and decisive step toward a healthier planet. It’s time for all elected leaders to rise to the occasion and act.” The Florida Sun Sentinel: “We can do something to slow the acceleration of carbon emissions and keep the impact of climate change from growing worse. Deutch’s bipartisan bill is a good place to start.” The bill has also garnered endorsements from former Democratic National Committee chair Howard Dean, actor Don Cheadle, Olympic Gold Medal skier Jessie Diggins, as well as mayors and local legislators in cities across the country. See support for Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act.

Carol Kuzsora at Peoples's climate march

The political hurdles facing a carbon tax - and how to overcome them

The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here

        Update on Nevada County Renewable Energy plans 

 

Currently major cities in Nevada County and the County itself are all in various stages of having completed Greenhouse Gas inventories.

Nevada City has an Energy Action Plan from 2015 and passed a resolution for 100% renewable energy.

Grass Valley has completed an Energy Action Plan, but at this time has no resolution for 100% renewable energy.

Nevada County has completed an Energy Action Plan for its facilities and all of the unincorporated areas of the County. It has no 100% renewable resolution.

Truckee will not be preparing an Energy Action Plan but has a GHG emissions inventory and will be updating its general plan with policies that will support its resolution for 100% renewable energy.     

An earlier study was drafted to assess the potential for a midsized utility scale renewable energy project at the site of the Nevada City-owned Old Airport property with a specific focus on solar photovoltaic (PV) generation.  Click here to read the proposal

     Other News

Latest news on Climate Science

Facts about oil trains in North America - Click to read more

At a previous meeting, we held a discussion of the Dakota access pipeline, and the scope of the U.S. pipeline network and its safety. Click below for report

Nevada County Climate Action Now

Current NC-CAN Actions