Rapid Decarbonization Campaign
See Path to Climate-Safe California here (pdf) April 2020 presentation.
The COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that we ignore the science at our own peril and early action saves lives. Your endorsement of Climate-Safe California, based on the latest science, is a public pledge of support for accelerated, aggressive climate policy by the state of California.
Endorsing the platform as an organization means that your organization generally agrees with the concepts it contains and that you’re willing to have your organization listed under the Climate-Safe California Platform and have a seat at the coalition table. It does not mean that your organization is endorsing any specific legislation.
Urgent action is required to ensure a safe and healthy future for all. There are dozens of scalable solutions available now to reverse the climate crisis. By demonstrating the bold policies required in the world’s fifth largest economy, we will inspire other states and countries around the world to greater action for a climate-safe Earth. We welcome organizations and individuals to endorse below. Please share widely.
The climate crisis is here now, worse than anticipated, and accelerating, threatening all life. (i)
Massive reductions of warming emissions, with initial drawdown from the atmosphere, are required by 2030 to prevent catastrophic impacts. (ii)
California must step up its climate leadership to avoid increasingly dire consequences and inspire climate action worldwide. (iii)
Therefore, we/I endorse the Climate-Safe California campaign and call on the State of California to enact the following solutions: (iv)
- No later than 2022, commit to accelerating existing state policy timelines to achieve 80% below 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions and net-negative emissions by 2030
- Secure a just transition for workers and their families whose livelihoods depend on fossil fuel industries
- Close the climate gap when enacting climate-safe policies to ensure lower-income communities are no longer disproportionately harmed
- Enact by 2025 the suite of policies required by science to put us on track to net-negative emissions by 2030
- Accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuel development, production and use
- Increase carbon sequestration
- Invest in community resilience
- Generate the funds needed for speed and scale climate action
Note: If you select “no” above and you have written in an organization, your organization may be listed as “for affiliation purposes only.”
Click here to read the full Climate-Safe California Platform with science references.
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ScienceDaily, Nine climate tipping points now ‘active,’ warn scientists Nov 27, 2019
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2019 Was the 2nd-Hottest Year Globally on Record, & Ocean Temperatures Are Hotter Than Ever, Time Mag., Jan. 16, 2020
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Palmer, et al. The scientific challenge of understanding and estimating climate change. PNAS. Dec 2019. Climate models have been generally ineffective at demonstrating the growing understanding by scientists of climate system sensitivities. This limits policymakers’ abilities to address the increasing magnitude of the global warming challenge.
Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, March 11, 2019. Note the IPCC assesses only a handful of future climate pathways.
Lamontagne et al. Robust abatement pathways to tolerable climate futures require immediate global action. Nature Climate Change, 2019
J. Rockström, The Global Climate Emergency, Swedish Radio, Dec 2019 “We don’t want to push the ‘on’ buttons of runaway global warming. The next decade is our window…with consequences for all future generations.”
UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Global Warming of 1.5 ºC, Oct 2018
Herrando-Pérez et al. Statistical Language Backs Conservatism in Climate-Change Assessments. BioScience, March 2019
Study shows IPCC is underselling climate change; IPCC assessments are inherently conservative as they require scientific then political consensus from governments across the globe.
United Nations Environment Program, Emissions Gap Report 2019, Nov 2019
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Paris Agreement, Dec 2015
United Nations Environment Program, Emissions Gap Report 2019, Nov. 2019
UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), The Paris Agreement, Dec 2015.
Goss et al. Climate change is increasing the risk of extreme autumn wildfire conditions across California. Environmental Research Letters. March 2020. Extreme fire weather days in CA have doubled since 1980s but could be curbed with emissions reduction efforts.
Roston and Bloomberg. The Massive Cost of Not Adapting to Climate Change, Fortune, Sept 20, 2019
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Drawdown 2020 Review, March 2020
Governor’s office. Climate Pollution continues to drop below 2020 target while state’s economy grows. Aug 2019
Rogers, California has 5 times more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs. SJ Mercury News. Aug 20 2019.
California Air Resources Board, Natural and Working Lands, 2020.
California voters call climate change their top priority, LA Times, Dec 6 2019; PPIC, Californian’s Views on Climate Change. July 2018.
- Climate-Safe California is defined as CA becoming a net carbon sink with sequestration greater than emissions, achieving initial stages of drawdown by 2030.
- Net-negative emissions are defined as sequestration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) greater than emissions, starting drawdown.
- This suite of policies will be updated with the latest science, and input from experts and partners.
- Existing state policies call for achieving 80% below 1990 levels of GHGs by 2050 (Governor Schwarzenegger Executive Order S-3-05 2005) and “maintaining net-negative emissions” after achieving carbon neutrality by “no later than 2045” (Governor Jerry Brown Executive Orders B-55-18 2018). 80% below 1990 levels of 431 MMT CO2e equals 86 MMT of CO2e annual emissions by 2030.
- California could sequester an additional 100+ MMT CO2e annually from the atmosphere by 2030 with vastly increased investments in nature-based sequestration on natural and working lands if the investments begin to scale up by ~2022. These investments would also provide other ecosystem services or benefits including increased soil water holding capacity, biodiversity, food security, and resilience to extreme events.
- California Natural and Working Lands Climate Change Implementation Plan Draft Jan 2019. Projected outcomes per this draft plan’s level of investment for cumulative emissions reductions for the state are up to 56.8 MMT CO2e by 2030. Sequestration estimates range from 31 to 147 MMT CO2e by 2030 per these studies below.
- Cameron, D. et al. (2017) Ecosystem management and land conservation can substantially contribute to California’s climate mitigation goals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences;
- Marvin, D. et al. (2018). Toward a Carbon Neutral California. Next10.
- Combined with reaching measured emissions reductions of 80% below 1990 levels or 86 MMT of annual CO2e emissions by 2030, the state could reach -14 MMT CO2e annually, starting drawdown. Nascent negative emissions technologies could likely scale up by the 2030’s to further increase atmospheric drawdown of GHGs.
- World Resources Institute. Leaving no worker behind in shifting to a low-carbon future. March 2019.
- California Senate Bill 379 (2015) requires that “all cities and counties to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies in the Safety Elements of their General Plans upon the next revision beginning January 1, 2017” but provides no funds to pay for this.
- New bills being considered in the California state legislature address community resilience include SB 1240 (Senator Nancy Skinner) Utility Reform Planning and SB 1314 (Senator Bill Dodd) the Community Energy Resilience Act, prioritizing initial efforts in lower income communities.
- There were approximately 240 million passengers at California’s top 8 airports in 2018. If each paid a $10 Climate-Safe California fee, the state could secure ~$2.4 billion annually.