EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES

Resources for Enacting Change

The landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2018 report highlighted the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels, and the need to strengthen the global response to the threat of the climate crisis.  Learn more about various initiates that play a role in reducing carbon emissions below.

Toolkit: Opposing Extension to SDGE's "Power Your Drive" Program

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SDG&E’s proposal to extend their Power Your Drive program would raise rates for the next 3 years to give SDG&E more infrastructure that they own and profit from! Call in to express your opposition to the proposal for a program they’ve already overspent $25 million on and stand up for San Diego families! 

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Climate Action Plan

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Climate Action Plans are critical in mitigating climate change and moving towards climate justice on a local level. They're planning documents used by local governments to decarbonize the region and secure a livable future through determining current emission levels and sources, creating-emission reduction goals, and establishing strategies to reduce those emissions. The most ambitious include cutting all greenhouse gas emissions by half and aiming for all electricity used in the City to be from renewable sources by 2030. In 2015 the City of San Diego became the largest city in the country to commit to a legally-binding Climate Action Plan with a 100 percent clean energy goal. San Diego and many other cities are now updating their Climate Action Plans, and residents can weigh in on these updates.

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Green New Deal

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The rapid warming of our planet, sixth mass extinction, and socioeconomic-environmental inequities in the U.S. call for a comprehensive plan to ensure the sustainability of future generations. The Green New Deal is a national plan introduced to Congress in 2019 by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Edward J. Markey to address our most pressing climate justice issues. The Green New Deal aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a fair and just transition for all communities and workers, to create millions of high-wage jobs, and to invest in infrastructure and industry to sustainability meet the challenges of the 21st century. Inspired by the national intiaitinve, there are also coalitions calling for statewide and regional Green New Deals, including the California Green New Deal Coalition and the San Diego Green New Deal Alliance.

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100% Clean Energy

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As we keep breaking records for the hottest year Earth has seen, we inch closer towards the 2 degrees Celsius temperature change designated by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as the upper limit of warming where catastrophic impacts to our planet will occur. This temperature change is in comparison to the pre-industrial period, 1861-1880. While the 1.5 degree Celsius warming target has been passed in many areas of the world, in order to limit further warming, we must transition from a dirty, fossil-fuel energy system to one operating from 100 percent clean energy. Cities around the country and the world are taking steps to achieve 100 percent clean energy targets. In many regions, this can be achieved with local, rooftop solar. In other areas, wind energy can help regions meet their clean energy goals.

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Tree Canopy

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Trees play an important role in regulating climate and providing other essential ecosystem services that grow even more essential as we strive to curb greenhouse gas emissions. All of us benefit from tree canopies, yet some of us benefit more greatly than others; namely, those who live in areas with a greater percentage of tree cover, tend to be in more affluent neighborhoods. Equitably expanding the tree canopies through Climate Action Plans.

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Transportation

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Transporation is one of the largest contributors of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions locally, nationally, and globally, and climate neutral alternatives must be prioritized as modes of transportation in order to combat the climate crisis. While more and more electric vehicles are entering into the market, and simultaneously, the technology is becoming more affordable, biking remains a mutually beneficial way to be mobile without polluting the planet. In order for biking to be safe, accessible, and a desired mode of transportation, protected bike lanes must be a priority for local jurisdictions. San Diego began building bike lanes decades ago, but only recently have protected bike lanes become a reality. Feeling unsafe is a major barrier that prevents interested people from taking up bicycling instead of relying on their car and with the fatalities that continue to occur on unprotected bike lanes, protections added to bike infrastructure are increasingly needed to shift the paradigm.

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