City of Davis to Declare Climate Emergency with Resolution
On March 5th, the Davis City Council voted to declare a climate emergency that threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity, and the natural world. The Council voted unanimously in favor of the “Resolution Declaring a Climate Emergency and Proposing Mobilization Efforts to Restore a Safe Climate” at the regular Tuesday City Council meeting.
The full memo from the City Council Legislative Subcommittee to the City Council is available on the city website.
In addition, a supporting ASUCD Climate Emergency Resolution.pdf authored by Megan Phelps and other students was written to stand in solidarity with cities and college campuses across the United States in declaring a climate emergency.
Climate mobilization orientation sparks local resolution
Four active Davisites attended a Sacramento Region Climate Mobilization orientation in late December and came back eager to join the mobilization, including Lorenzo Kristov, a board member of Valley Clean Energy and retired CAISO operator and energy specialist; Lynne Nittler, a founding member of Cool Davis and leader of Yolo Interfaith Alliance for Climate Justice; Elizabeth Lasensky, a Yolo Move-On activist; Odd Fellow member, and Rancho Yolo community advocate; and Robin Kozloff, an active advocate for neighborhood resiliency and member of the Davis Manor neighborhood.
The Climate Mobilization Movement is a global network engaging public and government agencies to prevent climate and ecological catastrophe by asking for a response to climate change and ecological destruction as an emergency. According to the website, the cities of Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Los Angeles, and Santa Cruz, among others in California, have adopted Climate Emergency and Mobilization Resolutions, while Chico, Sacramento, and West Sacramento are currently working on resolutions.
The idea is powerful: cities have often been a source of national progress, from the minimum wage to civil rights. Local wins inspire other communities to follow and build a mandate for much-needed national action, demonstrating that cities can become advocates and push for state and national mobilization on climate action.
The Climate Mobilization Movement goals are for cities to:
- Declare a climate emergency with a commitment to reach zero emissions and begin carbon drawdown at emergency speed (minimum of 10 years).
- Become advocates for climate mobilization to the public, other cities, the state, and the nation.
- Develop and implement mobilization policy locally.
Back in Davis, things moved fast. Two council members on the legislative subcommittee – Lucas Frerichs and Dan Carson – readily agreed to work on a Climate Mobilization resolution. Several others joined the team, including Greg Miller, a PhD student in the UC Davis Energy graduate group and new member of the Natural Resources Commission; Steve Nyholm, leader of the on-hiatus Davis Permaculture Guild; and Denise Peach, the new Village Homes Neighborhood Association representative to the Cool Davis Coalition. With expert help from City Sustainability Analyst Kerry Loux, the background information document and the “Resolution Declaring a Climate Emergency and Proposing Mobilization Efforts to Restore a Safe Climate” were created.
The Davis Climate Emergency Resolution
The resolution, presented in a memorandum pre-dated for tomorrow’s council meeting, recognizes that “human activities have warmed the earth to a point that threatens climate stability and climate change has already set in motion catastrophic changes to the Earth’s systems,” which, “threatens our city, region, state, nation, civilization, humanity and the natural world” including “a devastating burden to the global economy.” In an effort to avoid dangerous tipping points, the resolution commits the City of Davis to “taking significant action to move toward net municipal and community carbon neutrality in the short term, with maximum efforts to implement carbon reduction actions by 2030; and accelerate the existing 2050 Davis carbon neutrality goal to a 2040 target.”
The resolution specifically commits the city to engaging with the Natural Resources Commission and partner Cool Davis, accelerating a robust update to the Davis Climate Action and Adaptation Plan, and integration with the General Plan update.
In affirmation of “the need for the understanding, participation and support of the entire Davis community for all actions and initiatives the City may adopt in response to the climate emergency,” the resolution commits the City to “providing outreach, information and education for Davis residents and City staff on the urgency of climate responses, reduction of GHG emissions, the policies and strategies to advance sustainability and resilience; and to regularly assess its GHG reduction goals, actions and policies and provide progress reports and metrics annually.
The resolution also commits to “keeping the considerations of disadvantaged communities central to the climate emergency mobilization planning process” and encouraging “these communities to directly advocate for their specific needs.”
If passed, the city would promise to “advocate for implementing aggressive state and federal policies to eliminate GHG emissions” in the three parallel Cool Davis domains: transportation, built environment (for Cool Davis, home energy), and consumption. The highlights for transportation include moving toward a completely electrified transportation system; for the built environment, moving toward zero net energy for new and retrofitted construction; and, for consumption, addressing several water, food, waste, urban forest, and other issues.
City Council Meets at Our Community Chambers
Members of the community are always encouraged to attend the City Council meeting to be held at Community Chambers, 23 Russell Boulevard, starting at 6:30pm (corner of Russell and “B” Streets) and may speak about the resolution. For more information about your City’s regular meetings, visit the City of Davis website.
By Lynne Nittler with contributions from Leslie Crenna
A Message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Please join us TODAY in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
You may have heard of Eva Dopico who left us last year around this time. She was a beloved teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary that suffered and eventually succumbed to depression.
Eva was a bright light in our community and an ardent defender of equality and belonging for all. She worked tirelessly and joyfully to restore healthy relationships with the Earth and all her creatures.
Eva had a clever, project-based learning approach to teaching climate change to her second grade class. Each student was asked to build a solar oven with their family, which became a model to learn the science of global warming and how greenhouse gases are trapped by our planet's thickening atmosphere. From there she talked about other impacts of human-induced climate change and told the stories of youth leaders.
Eva was passionate about water and protecting marine life in the oceans from plastics and pollution. She frequently transformed into mermaid form, an experience she also shared with her young students. She was a woman of many superpowers and is dearly missed.
Eva wanted to join the climate strike and march with us in September 2018 but was unable to find a substitute teacher.
This Friday - today - we will dedicate our climate strike to Eva and her passionate defense for the rights to dignity and respect for all life.
She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Please wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance.
Please join us in Eva's memory at the corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm.
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Eva was a shining star in all the colors!
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A message from Davis Climate Strike folks:
Today we dedicate our climate strike to Eva Dopico. She loved all forms of dancing so we will have her colorful scarves on hand and music. Wear a facemask and maintain 6 feet of social distance. Corner of 5th and B, 12:30-2pm. Davis
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