Davis Responds to Climate Change
February 19, 2023
Public Forum on CAAP Feb. 26
Floods, droughts, wildfires, hurricanes….we all know that climate change is an existential threat, so what can we do? The City of Davis declared a climate emergency and has drafted an updated Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) that has aroused public concerns. Are these concerns valid? What does CAAP include and how might it impact you personally? And what actions and regulations is the state proposing that will impact CAAP as well as you personally? Come hear Kerry Daane Loux explain it all and answer your questions Sunday February 26 at 11:15 at Davis United Methodist Church, 1620 Anderson Road. Kerry is Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Davis and project manager for CAAP.
The Final Draft CAAP document and other information is available at:
Of special note, the Overview and Context for the CAAP on pages 11-12 are useful information in advance of our discussion.
FINAL DRAFT 2020-2040 Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) PDF
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Davis responds to climate change. Davis will save the world.
Posted by: Alan C. Miller | February 19, 2023 at 11:02 AM
One of the most important ways we as humans can respond to climate change is through local policies. Maybe we aren’t saving the world as the comment suggests, but we are making our air and water cleaner than it would be or creating safe havens for our local biodiversity during extreme weather events or making the environment more tolerable for people who live outside and work long hours outside. Maybe we are producing less plastic waste that ends up in our fields and landfills.
Posted by: Nikki | February 20, 2023 at 07:17 AM
So how much will CAAP's plan cost Davisite's? Where will the money come from? How much actual good will this do for the climate and is it worth the cost to basically virtue signal?
Posted by: Keith | February 20, 2023 at 08:42 AM
Keith, sounds like those would be good questions to bring to the forum and ask.
Posted by: Roberta L. Millstein | February 20, 2023 at 08:47 AM
One of the most important ways we as humans can respond to climate change is through local policies.
I fundamentally disagree with this assertion.
Maybe we aren’t saving the world as the comment suggests
We aren't, as I suggested and apparently you agree with that.
but we are making our air and water cleaner than it would be
I disagree. We are focusing on world climate change that takes world-level policies and world-level cooperation. Climate changes that are human-created are due to 200 years of industrialization, continued worldwide coal-burning and continued mass jet travel that is back to pre-pandemic levels. Davis isn't an amoeba on an a giraffe's back as to its effect on world climate.
Davis environmental needs and spending need to be focused on local issues that improve our environment. Any money we spend to 'save the world' is money that isn't being spent on effective strategies to deal with local issues.
Cleaner air? We've had massive state initiatives in the time I've been here. The cessation of rice-burning that used to cloud the valley. Massive reduction in tailpipe emissions. Removal of lead from gasoline - gasp! Gasoline reformulations - that we pay for massively. No burn days. There's only so much we can do without banning cars and jets. And don't tell me solar is going to shut down those GIANT 24-hr-per-day natural-gas-burning facilities in the Sac Valley kicking up our winter gas prices by making electricity when that gas should go to our homes to heat them. Thank you Gray Davis.
Clean water? How about focusing on the environmental disaster of DALO's (Drug Addicts Living Outside). I was biking along a huge drainage canal in Sac wondering why there were long white flags on all the reeds -- for miles. Until I realized it was toilet paper that had been flushed out of DALO poop sites in the channel when the water rose. Human poop in our rivers, headed for the Bay? Environmental disaster anyone?
or creating safe havens for our local biodiversity during extreme weather events
I don't know how we can assist 'during' considering extreme weather events as defined by some are now permanent -- but I am all for spending for increasing the ability of species to co-exist with humans in our area. Of course the best thing we could do is stop more humans from coming to our region and displacing more animal species. But people seem obsessed with subsidizing housing so even more people can come to our region and displace more species. Great plan.
or making the environment more tolerable for people who live outside and work long hours outside.
I don't think anyone but the Almighty has such powers, and I'm not even sure the Mx. A has such powers. In other words, to accomplish that, you literally would have to save the world.
Maybe we are producing less plastic waste that ends up in our fields and landfills.
I believe we are, and I'm all for more of that. That is something that can be done. Personally, I'm for the use of more bio-plastics that break down over time (but not so quickly they don't serve their purpose as containers). I hope tech can be found to produce these economically.
Posted by: Alan C. Miller | February 20, 2023 at 03:33 PM
Clean water? How about focusing on the environmental disaster of DALO's (Drug Addicts Living Outside).
Just when I was about to agree to call them "houseless" . . .
Posted by: Ron O | February 20, 2023 at 04:59 PM