(Above is a display of the Biden Administration's Infrastructure Plan and Families Plan)
SMC DFA Climate Change Task Force Document (May 5th, 2021)
How we can help avoid a climate disaster
1. Read and discuss Bill Gates’ book on this subject.
2. Support Biden’s Job Plan 0n Infrastructure and the Environment (see below), and his efforts with world leaders to implement vigorous international agreements on fossil fuel emissions curtailments.
3. Be aware of where the 51 Billion Tons of Greenhouse Gases (CO2, CH4, NO2, CHC) the world emits annually come from:
|Making things (steel, cement, plastics, etc.)||31%||22%|
|Plugging in electricity||27%||27%|
|Growing things (plants, animals), land management||19%||10%|
|Getting around (planes, ships, trucks, cars, etc.)||16%||28%|
|Keeping warm and cool (heating, cooling buildings)||7%||12%|
4. In addition to cultural and lifestyle changes, support federal, state and private R&D to reduce 51 Billion Tons of greenhouse gases to zero by 2050.
5. Support organizations that promote world reduction in population growth. 10 Billion population by 2100 may be unsustainable.
6. Be aware of environmental justice issues exacerbating poverty, hunger, homelessness, creation of refugees, etc.
7. Tell PUC and local officials to favor renewable sources of electricity and make sure local Climate Action Plans (CAPs) require new buildings and single-family homes to be all electric. In SM County, CA sign up for ECO100 plan (100% renewable electricity).
- State - address the PUC and other government officials to insure that the public utilities make our climate needs take precedence over the needs of their shareholders
- Local - Support local Climate Action Plans (CAP) being considered under California law by all local municipalities and jurisdictions to require new buildings, including single family housing, to be all electric
8. If you live in a single-dwelling home and can afford it, convert your gas heating furnace to an electric heat pump, your gas water heater to an electric water heater, and install solar panels on your roof.
9. Help change current regulations that make it difficult or impossible to install solar panels on condos and multi-dwelling apartment houses.
10. Drive as little as possible or buy an electric car.
11. Eat as little red meat as possible.
12. Be in touch with local politicians and encourage them to promote climate friendly policies, write letters to the Editor, and discuss these plans with your family and friends.