Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Kevin de León and Nithya Raman co-presented a motion on Sept. 21 directing the city’s Climate Emergency Mobilization Office and other departments to drastically accelerate the city’s 2050 carbon neutrality goals to meet climate scientists’ warnings that 2030 is the deadline by which to avoid irreversible ecological changes.
The motion, in conjunction with the new Cool City Challenge initiative, seeks to engage Angelenos from every sector in citywide mitigations to achieve an aggressive goal of carbon neutrality by 2030. The Cool City Challenge, developed and funded by the Empowerment Institute, is a neighborhood-by-neighborhood approach to hyper-local climate change mitigation, water conservation and neighborhood resilience. Piloted by the city under the name Cool Blocks in 2016-17, the effort also reduces utility bills.
Cities that develop innovative programs and recruit 200 Cool Block leaders can receive $1 million in funding to augment climate mitigation efforts.
“There’s no doubt carbon neutrality without offsets by 2030 is an aspirational stretch goal,” said Koretz, 5th District, who co-authored the motion. “But if we are to rise up to meet the greatest challenge ever faced by humankind, in time, we must look climate change square in the face, mobilize L.A. with equity and justice, neighborhood by neighborhood, sector by sector and do not what’s possible, but what’s necessary to keep our planet habitable and thriving. If that means making the impossible possible and the aspirational operational, so be it.”
“We have wasted years debating climate policy while our planet has steadily warmed to the existential crisis we face today,” added Raman, 4th District. “Achieving carbon neutrality by 2030 without offsets may be bold, but I know that all of us who call Los Angeles home are ready to work arm in arm with our neighbors to accept the Cool Cities Challenge. We no longer have time to waste.”
In March, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power completed the “LA100 Study,” which identifies pathways to reach 100% renewable energy by 2035 – 10 years earlier than planned. The 2030 motion seeks to emulate the utility’s goal acceleration through citywide partnerships with UCLA and climate experts from other universities and organizations.
“The consequences of the climate crisis are already upon us and we not only need to do far more to reduce CO2 emissions, we need to aggressively help our communities cope with those consequences, particularly disadvantaged communities dealing with the worst heat consequences and least able to cope with those changes,” added de León, 14th District. “We need to redouble our efforts across the board to confront this global crisis and show other cities and states how to address climate change and protect their residents.”
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