In August, 2019, the City Council heard from the public about the importance of addressing climate change at the local level. This included information from The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change definitive report in 2018 urging a reduction in GHG by 50% by 2030 to maintain the global temperature increase below 1.5 degrees Celsius, and to reach net zero GHG no later than 2045.
At that time, the City Council adopted a RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE DECLARATION OF A CLIMATE EMERGENCY AND REQUESTING REGIONAL COLLABORATION ON AN EMERGENCY MOBILIZATION EFFORT TO RESTORE A SAFE AND STABLE CLIMATE.
The staff report about the Resolution states that, “the City of El Cerrito’s declaration would commit the City to reinforce citywide efforts on climate change, with the belief that people locally and around the world have a right to a clean and healthy environment.” The resolution is consistent with El Cerrito Strategic Plan Goals E (ensure the public’s health and safety by supporting initiatives that decrease pollution and improve the health and prosperity of future generations) and F (foster environmental sustainability citywide by supporting implementation of the Climate Action Plan and policies that would help the City, and the State, meet their GHG reduction targets).
By adopting a Climate Emergency Resolution, El Cerrito has joined over 1,000 jurisdictions around the world. The Resolution and staff report can be found here on page 26.
The City Council also made a commitment to convene a Council ad-hoc committee on climate action, which was tasked with identifying action items that could be taken more quickly by the City to reduce GHG emissions.
Here are some videos to share with young people and others who want to understand about GHG.