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2019 City of LA Green New Deal – Sustainability Plan

Table of Contents
Letter from Mayor Eric Garcetti
How to Read L.A.’s Green New Deal
Chapter Layout
Environmental Justice
Renewable Energy
Local Water
Clean & Healthy Buildings
Housing & Development
Mobility & Public Transit
Zero Emission Vehicles
Industrial Emissions & Air Quality Monitoring
Waste & Resource Recovery
Food Systems
Urban Ecosystems & Resilience
Prosperity & Green Jobs
Lead By Example
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Climate activist Greta Thunberg has shouted the sobering Truth from the UN mountaintop:

“People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth.”

“We are doing this to wake the leaders up, we are doing this to get them to act,” said Thunberg, the most prominent face of the youth climate movement since she began school strikes last year to demand government action. “We deserve a safe future and we demand a safe future. Is that really too much to ask?”

September 20, 2019 Youth Climate Strike Day inspired by Greta

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Ojai Libby Park, Photo by Suza Francina

September 20, 2019 SUZA FRANCINA, Mayor Pro Tem for City of Ojai, on Facebook:

CLIMATE STRIKE— 12-5 PM, Libbey Park. In solidarity with youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, the youth of the world, and climate strikes worldwide, Ojai residents of all ages are invited to gather to support striking against the inaction of our governments to sufficiently and urgently address climate crisis. Representatives from the City and local climate resilience groups will be present to answer questions about what we can do locally to reduce emissions, sequester carbon, and adapt to climate impacts. This is an interactive public event co-sponsored by Fridays for the Future and Extinction Rebellion Ojai. Come stand with us for a habitable planet

Link to Here and Now interviews on California emission standards, dark skies.


Alongside the massive political and economic campaign to move to 100% (or nearly 100%) renewable energy as soon as possible, we must put an end to the massive emissions of our corporate-dominated food and farming system and start drawing down and sequestering in our soils and forests billions of tons of “legacy” CO2 from the atmosphere, utilizing the enhanced photosynthesis of regenerative farming, reforestation and land restoration.

Regenerative Agriculture” refers to farming and grazing practices that, among other benefits, reverse climate change by rebuilding soil organic matter and restoring degraded soil biodiversity. This results in both carbon drawdown and improved water infiltration and storage in soils. Regenerative practices include:

• Reduction/elimination of tillage and use of synthetic chemicals.

• The use of cover crops, crop rotations, compost, and animal manures.

• Integrating animals with perennial and annual plants to create a biologically diverse ecosystem on the farm.

• Grazing and pasturing animals on grass, and more specifically using a planned multi-paddock rotation system.

• Raising animals in conditions that mimic their natural habitat.

If regenerative food, farming and land use – which is essentially moving to the next stage of organic farming, free-range livestock grazing and eco-system restoration – are just as essential to our survival as moving beyond fossil fuels, why aren’t more people talking about this? Why is it that moving beyond industrial agriculture, factory farms, agro-exports and highly-processed junk food to regenerating soils and forests and drawing down enough excess carbon from the atmosphere to re-stabilize our climate is getting so little attention from the media, politicians and the general public?

Genetic Improvements Offer Best Long-term Solutions to Citrus Greening Disease, update from Ben McLean

Genetic Improvements Offer Best Long-term Solutions to Citrus Greening Disease