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San Diegans Demand Climate Action
San Diego, CA – As the 2015 UN Conference (COP21) begins in Paris Monday, San Diegans are calling on national and local leaders to take significant action to prevent catastrophic and irreversible climate change. President Obama will need to take decisive leadership to keep fossil fuels in the ground at these talks, coming on the heels of his recent decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline -- a
victory for Americans who have mobilized to take a stand against polluters and demand action on climate. Activists are demanding that we also ramp up our commitments to transition to clean energy while ensuring that poorer countries have the resources they need to keep their carbon footprint low, as they raise their standard of living. In addition they say that locally, disadvantaged communities must be provided with resources to transition to renewable energy, resulting in cleaner air and improved health.
In San Diego, the City is leading the way with a bipartisan, widely supported climate action plan that will achieve 100% clean energy by 2035. It is legally binding and will bring local clean energy jobs to San Diego, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions from transportation and resulting in cleaner air.
At a press conference with Councilmembers Gloria and Alvarez on Monday, Masada Disenhouse, co-founder of SanDiego350 said, “As the UN climate talks get underway today in Paris, San Diegans can be proud of our city for leading the way. On the heels of the Keystone pipeline victory, SanDiego350 is excited to continue grassroots organizing in support of a fully-funded and just climate action plan that prioritizes disadvantaged communities for investment in transit, renewables and clean energy jobs and keeps
fossil fuels in the ground.”
San Diegans and demonstrators around the world are standing in solidarity with Parisians who cannot demonstrate following the Paris attacks. In San Diego, at a March and rally on December 12 (Draft press alert), people will come together from all over the county to
call for bold climate solutions that create local jobs, strengthen community power and transition us to 100% clean energy by 2035.
Confirmed December 12 Speaker Jeff Severinghaus, Professor of Geosciences at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said “Like the doctors fighting against lung cancer caused by cigarettes, we climate scientists are horrified by the inexorable decay of our planetary life support systems caused by fossil fuel burning. The time to act is now. We need world leaders to swiftly enact policy solutions that reduce fossil fuel emissions to near zero.”
Joyce Lane, a SanDiego350 Public Policy Team member, said “We are pleased to see the City of San Diego taking aggressive action by adopting a legally binding climate action plan. We encourage other cities in the region to do the same, and our world leaders to make the significant commitments we need to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”
From World Leaders At Paris Climate Talks
Urge San Diego City Council to adopt a
strong, enforceable, equitableClimate Action Plan
SanDiego350, an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, is concerned about climate change and its very real effects on our livelihoods, well-being, and the future for our children. We work to increase awareness of climate change and advocate for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We are loosely affiliated with 350.org, the international climate organization, whose work inspires us.