Environmental Task Force

On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the Environmental and Local Politics Task Forces attended a climate change advocacy training sponsored by Orange County for Climate Action.  The training was done by Carolina Rodriguez of the San Diego Climate Action Campaign.  A link to a video of the training is posted below thanks to these organizations.

With a goal of creating cleaner cities, two political measures that work hand in hand are needed:

  • Climate Action Plans (CAP)
  • Community Choice Energy (CCE)

Climate Action Plans are used by cities to put measurable goals in place.

These goals are legally binding and work as a structure to enable compliance with SB32-California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006:  https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160SB32

The following is a link to San Diego’s Climate Action Plan to use as an example: https://www.sandiego.gov/sustainability/climate-action-plan

Community Choice Energy “is a program that brings local control and freedom of choice and competition into the electricity marketplace.” https://www.climateactioncampaign.org/2015/07/01/what-is-community-choice-energy/

Community Choice Energy provides a path to 100% clean energy for cities at reduced cost providing local control and quality employment.

To view the training:

http://occlimateaction.org/training-for-cap-cce-advocacy-climate-action-plan-community-choice-energy/

The Environmental & Local Politics Task Forces Represented Seal Beach at OC Climate Action Plan (CAP) Training!

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Jacquie Clarke, Mary Tromp, Laura Wilson, Rachael Lehmberg and Marilyn Austin attend the June 11th OC Climate Action Training.

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The Environmental Task Force Seeks Information About the Use of Herbicides Such as Roundup in L.W.

The Environmental Task Force meets on the first Monday of the month to discuss and act on a wide range of issues.

Currently, the use of the herbicides & pesticides such as “Roundup” in Leisure World has become a team focus. The Task Force is highly concerned about the possible use of substances on the “probable carcinogen” list and would like assurances that they are not in use.  It wants Leisure World residents to be notified in advance when herbicides are to be sprayed, and the team believes that information on all substances sprayed should be easily available to residents.

Club members are encouraged to contact the Environmental team to share information about the use of pesticides by GRF and individual mutuals. lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

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On Saturday, April 29, the Club will support and participate in the Climate Change March in Irvine.  The march is part of a nationwide action, similar to the Women’s March, to unify multiple interests affected by climate change.  According to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 17, “Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent.  It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives, costing people, communities, and countries dearly today and even more tomorrow.” Seats are currently being reserved on a charter bus for this important event.  We are charging $20. per seat to defray the cost of the bus.  Please call Laura Wilson at 562-760-6660 for reservations of information.

In addition to supporting and participating in the Climate Change March, the Club welcomes environmentalist & author Roger Gloss to our upcoming meeting on Wednesday, April 18th at 1:00 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  The focus of the meeting will be Climate Change.  The meeting will be preceded by a spring potluck at 12:00.  Dems are asked to bring a salad or main dish and a hearty appetite!

OC Climate March:

http://occlimateaction.org/2017/peoples-climate-march-april-29/

A Recent letter to the Editor of LA Times by speaker Roger Gloss:

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/readersreact/la-ol-le-trump-climate-change-protest-20170329-story.html

Article about local government and climate change in the Orange County Register:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-747809-climate-plan.html

Climate Change & the Trump Administration:

http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/325240-house-panel-to-challenge-climate-science

NASA Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) Research:

https://omg.jpl.nasa.gov/portal/news

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The California Democratic Party supported the statewide ban on single use plastic bags, and it has taken a stand against the use of plastic bags.  Plastics are an alarming problem for the environment because they release chemicals into the water and soil upon disposal, and few break down naturally to return to the earth.  Plastics, particularly plastic bags, pose threats to animals.

Plastic bags kill tens of thousands of marine animals each year (Global Animals http://www.globalanimal.org/2014/07/17/)  Plastic bags are easily mistaken for food such as jellyfish. Once a plastic bag is consumed, it cannot be digested or passed by an animal.. Animals often get tangled up in plastic as well.

There are many ways we can act to reduce the use of plastics on a personal level, as well as within our communities.  Plastic is used for nearly everything these days it seems, so it is important not to become overwhelmed!

We have written a short list of suggestions here for the types of changes that can be made on a personal level.  We realize that many of you have already adopted these practices:

Stay informed!  Here are just a few organizations that you may wish to follow:

http://www.sierraclub.org/    The Sierra Club

http://www.audubon.org/       The Audubon Society

https://healthebay.org/            Heal the Bay

https://www.5gyres.org/         5Gyres

https://350.org/                          350.org

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