We are in a climate emergency!

Given the nature of our global climate crisishighlighted most recently with the release of the recent IPCC 6th Assessment Report: “Climate Change 2021. The Physical Science Basis” (https://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar6/wg1/) — the Governor of California should have the emergency power to declare a climate emergency for our state. 

We need to quickly and thoughtfully transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy. 

The IPCC 6th Assessment report that shows the impacts from climate change impacts coming much faster than previously thought. Therefore the state’s timeline must be moved up, both for mitigation and adaptation/resilience effortsDuring this transition, we must also center frontline communities in decision-making and reverse decades of environmental injustice – and ensure there is a ‘just transition‘, including for workers in unsustainable industries.

To do this requires a comprehensive and transformative Green New Deal approach for California, connecting all parts of economy and introducing greater forms of public decision-making and control, similar to those promoted by the last two Green Party presidential candidates Howie Hawkins (https://howiehawkins.us/ecosocialist-green-new-deal/) and Jill Stein (https://www.pri.org/stories/2016-10-16/green-party-presidential-candidate-dr-jill-stein-calling-green-new-deal). 

Some of this can occur throughout executive action, perhaps enhanced by the ability to declare a climate emergency power granted to the governor. But it will also requires the the cooperation of the state legislature to make it a higher priority, including with funding, which I would support.  Every dollar we spend wisely today will save us more in the future. And every fraction of a degree in warming is critical to save human lives and improve health and well-being,

But with the Democrats unable to pass legislation to even regulate the plastics industry or protect frontline/fence line communities from oil refining in recent years – despite having super-majorities in both houses — we Greens remind how it would be easier to elect truly committed pro-environmental representatives, and address these issues before its too late – if we have a viable multi-party system elected by proportional representation.  It is clear that part of the solution also has to do with how we elect people.

On the local level where I live in Los Angeles County. I would shut down the dangerous Aliso Canyon methane gas storage facility.