through Contributed content January 12, 2022
The environmental organization Acterra invites local elected officials and their affected constituents to participate in “Code Red for Humanity: What Municipalities Can Do,” a webinar focused on actions that policymakers and residents of the region of the bay may take in response to our global climate emergency. The 90-minute free event will take place on January 14, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. PST via Zoom. Register online.
The webinar will focus on strategies for decarbonizing buildings and transportation, which together account for about 80% of greenhouse gas emissions for cities in the Bay Area. Five guest speakers will present the scientific background to the climate crisis and discuss viable solutions available at the local level, at scales politically and economically relevant to municipalities in the Bay Area.
“With the UN Secretary General [Antonio] Guterres warning that the latest IPCC report is a ‘Code Red for Humanity’ it is time for all of us to embrace innovative solutions, ”said California State Senator Josh Becker, one of the guest speakers at the event. “Cities and counties have a unique catalytic role to play in reducing the worst effects of climate change. I am happy to join this panel of experts and invite elected officials from the Bay Area to attend this virtual event and participate in the discussion of ideas that could be applied fairly in their communities.
Acterra, a San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit, has made climate change education and advocacy the focus of its work for the past decades. With “Code Red for Humanity”, the objective of the association is to inform elected officials about the known impacts of climate change on communities, the range of tools and solutions that can be implemented today, and provide guidance to municipalities to define a healthy local climate policy. to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.