For once, governments lead despite public reticence – local communities prepare for climate change

by Robin Yeager on 11/04/2011

in Climate Change, Environment

As beautiful and biologically diverse as San Diego County is, it’s hardly a bastion of liberalism. Yet local communities are on the leading edge with respect to planning for the long-term effects of a changing climate.

San Diego is not alone here. Many local governments, various regulatory agencies and the international community — just about everyone except Congress and some skeptical portion of the American public — recognize that the planet’s climate is shifting.

Del Mar

Del Mar

I was fortunate to be involved in the initial phase of this process for the City of Del Mar as a Climate Fellow for The San Diego Foundation. Trained by Brian Holland of ICLEI and Nicola Hedge of the SDF, I developed the baseline Greenhouse Gas Inventory for Del Mar. During this process, I got to know city staffers and members of a citizens’ sustainability advisory board and learned that their initiative drove the City Council’s decision to develop a climate change plan.

As we bemoan the gridlock in Sacramento and D.C., tis inspiring to be reminded that individuals can make a difference.

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