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Community Conversation on Sustainability and Climate Action
Please join us for the Novato Sustainability and Climate Action Forum on Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 10am – 1pm at Novato City Hall, 901 Sherman Avenue. This community conversation on sustainability and climate action will explore solutions to address our changing climate at the local level and build community engagement on this vital issue.
This dynamic and interactive workshop will provide an opportunity for the community to review the Novato Climate Action Plan and develop creative insights on strategies to achieve goals identified in the Plan, as well as contribute to the development of an implementation framework.
According to Novato’s Sustainability Coordinator Gretchen Schubeck, “Our residents, businesses, faith-based groups, community organizations, health advocates, and public agencies all have a critical role to play in turning the tide on climate change and helping us manage the adverse effects which we know will occur. The community forum provides a really exciting opportunity to put our heads together and craft our vision for a sustainable Novato. The power of collective impact cannot be underestimated and when we work together as a community, we can overcome almost any challenge.”
Novato’s Climate Action Plan identifies 29 measures designed to help the City meet its goal of achieving a greenhouse gas reduction target of 15% below 2005 emission levels by 2020 and 40% by 2035. Novato has made impressive progress toward the 2020 goal and has already reduced emissions by 14% but there is a long way to go to achieve the 40% reduction.
Novato Mayor Josh Fryday noted, “I'm thrilled our community is coming together to lead on our values and take real action toward a more sustainable future. To protect our children and future generations against the impacts of climate change, we need all hands on deck. Novato has what it takes to lead, innovate, and create a sustainable future we can all be proud of.”
In 2017, there were 16 weather and climate-related disasters that resulted in losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. According to NASA, 16 of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001, with 2016 being the warmest year on record. Since the late 19th century, the planet's average surface temperature has risen approximately 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius), primarily due to increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.
To RSVP for the Novato Sustainability and Climate Action Forum, visit novatoclimateforum.eventbrite.com.