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Go to the Energy Sub-Pages to see information about what individuals, businesses and cities can do to reduce their energy usage and switch to renewable resources. 

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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.  

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

April 2017 climate march in Nevada City

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.

Current NC-CAN Actions

Citizen's Climate Lobby

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

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.

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        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.     

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

Go to Education page/climate change agents  for camp application

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

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