Renowned Climate Scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe – Sept 10, 3pm

Walking the Path

Save the Date! September 10, 3:00-4:00pm (Pacific), via Zoom Webinar

A thought-provoking afternoon with renowned Climate Scientist Dr. Katherine Hayhoe: Welcoming all Faith and Environmental Organizations to a frank discussion about what we can do about Climate Change on a local and global level.

California State University at Sacramento (CSUS) and the Renaissance Society, in collaboration with diverse educational, environmental and faith-based organizations in the Sacramento region, is proud to announce an exciting presentation by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, one of the most renowned climate scientists of our time and a riveting speaker. In addition to being a world-class scientist, Dr. Hayhoe is a deeply religious person who strongly encourages members of all faiths to participate in stewarding our planet. She is an atmospheric scientist and the Political Science Endowed Professor in Public Policy at Texas Tech University, where she is Director of their Climate Science Center. She is also the founder and CEO of the scientific firm “ATMOS Research”, where they bridge the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives. This year, Dr. Hayhoe teamed up with Potential Energy, a nonprofit marketing firm, to launch Science Moms, a $10 million campaign to educate and empower mothers to do something about climate change. She also co-wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that untangles this complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. She is about to release another book in September entitled Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World. She argues that when it comes to changing hearts and minds, facts are only one part of the equation. We need to find shared values in order to connect our unique identities to collective action. Among Dr. Hayhoe’s numerous awards and accolades, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014 and United Nations’ Champion of the Earth in 2019.

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City of Sacramento General Plan Update, Climate Action Plan, Transportation Priorities: ECOS Comments

On August 23, 2021, ECOS submitted a comment letter to Sacramento City Council regarding the City of Sacramento General Plan Update, Climate Action Plan, and Transportation Priorities. Below are our remarks.

The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) would like to request the opportunity for a group of stakeholders to give input to the rough drafts now being developed for the 2040 General Plan Update, Climate Action Plan, and the Transportation Priorities Plan.

We understand that in just a month’s time the Draft General Plan will be issued — we know how difficult it can be to change drafts once published. Also, we believe the Transportation Priorities Plan will be finalized prior to the Draft General Plan.

We would like to give input to both documents in the areas of transportation, land use, climate change, and possible shifts in the City’s budget to support the priorities in the Sac2040Vision Guiding Principles, the recommendations of the Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change, and the provisions of the City’s Climate Emergency Declaration.

COVID has restricted communication and we appreciate the City’s continued planning work since November 2019, including the Sac2040Vision Guiding Principles; virtual workshops; change of single-family zoning to increase housing availability; hiring of a Community Engagement Manager; and passage of the New Construction Electrification Ordinance.

Nevertheless, we ask for the chance to discuss with you and staff the contents of the General Plan and Transportation Priorities Plan, before their initial publication.


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In a “Code Red for Humanity,” UN Warns of Accelerating Climate Crisis

International panel of climate scientists says temperatures will rise for decades, even in a best-case scenario

By Jonathan Hahn | August 10, 2021 | Sierra Magazine

…an intensifying climate crisis is locked in for at least the next 30 years. That is the frightening takeaway from a major new United Nations report released on Monday. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Sixth Assessment Report, the most authoritative summary of climate science in the world, shows that for the next generation, increasing heat waves and wildfires, hurricanes and floods, drought and sea level rise are now inevitable. And the consequences could be dire—potentially leading to millions of people displaced, thousands of lives lost, and billions in economic damage.

https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/code-red-for-humanity-un-warns-accelerating-climate-crisis

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