Celebrating the Good News On #P2Psustainability

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Accelerating Progress

Just this month the Paris Agreement was signed into law—marking the boldest international climate agreement to date. In Montreal, leaders gathered to establish new aviation emission standards, and mayors recently met in Ecuador at the United Nations’ Habitat III Conference of Cities to identify new avenues for financing climate investments at the city and local level.

Nationally, the clean energy revolution is proving to be more successful than ever. For instance, throughout the Midwest, farmers and rural Americans struggling with hurting economies are now turning to renewables for subsistence. Accounting for 70% of the country’s wind generation, low-income counties are now able to rebuild, and reinvest in their communities. Solar power has seen a similar boom. Now accounting for more jobs than the coal industry, solar panels are cheaper and more accessible than ever—helping to cut energy bills for cities, residents, and businesses.

Mayors are Leading the Way

International and national progress has been unprecedented. But equally impressive has been the work by local leaders in our cities, communities, and neighborhoods across the country.

In Los Angeles, the City Council is moving forward with plans to explore transforming the city to 100% renewables. InSeattle, Mayor Ed Murray is partnering with Mayor Gregor Robertson in Vancouver, B.C. to address the shared challenges of a changing climate that both cities will face. The mayors are putting communities front and center, and planning climate action that improves infrastructure, transportation, and housing for residents. And in Salt Lake City, Mayor Jackie Biskupski is leading the city as it transitions to 100% renewables. With a target year of 2032 to make the full switch to renewable energy, the city has already implemented policies to slash fossil fuel emissions.

What Is Your Community Doing?

Getting past the negative headlines and focusing on the successes that our community and city leaders have achieved can help keep the momentum going.

To fill this positive-news gap and highlight all the progress we’re making, Path to Positive Communities wants your help. Over the next two weeks, we are asking our readers to tweet a climate action photo including #P2Psustainability and our handle, @path2positive.

Show us what is happening on climate in your community, in your neighborhood, or on your commute. These can include community gardens, bike-share programs, solar panel instillations, water-wise landscaping, or any other climate-friendly action that you are able to spot in your city. Submit your tweet by November 15 (which just happens to be America Recycles Day). We’ll feature a selection of these tweets here on the Path to Positive Communities website, showcasing the climate creativity in communities around the country.

By sharing examples of bold progress, together we can spread the word that ambitious climate action can be a part of our everyday experience. We can inspire others to take similar action in their communities, and show what works when it comes to practical local solutions.


This story was originally posted on the Path to Positive blog by Stuart Wood on October 28, 2016

Posted on Friday, October 28th, 2016

Climate Action: Activation for P2PLA

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20161010_150706 We know local climate actions are already helping Los Angeles, as efforts to reduce greenhouse gases are making life better for Angelenos. We’re all in this together and collective efforts really do make a difference — and can ensure a brighter future.

During a meeting to discuss our P2PLA campaign and preparations for our next Climate Day LA (stay tuned!), we talked about individual efforts to act on climate, starting with our own.

So what are YOU doing to take on the climate challenge? How are reducing emissions or saving energy and resources? Share ways you are reducing your carbon footprint on social media using #P2PLA.

My #ClimateAction for #P2PLA: _______________

Posted on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Want to Do Something About Climate Change?

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People ask, What can I do about climate change?

On the last page of the November Los Angeles County ballot, you have an opportunity to strike a major blow against climate change by voting yes on Measures M and A.

Measure M will create a comprehensive transportation system in Los Angeles. It will result in less traffic, cleaner air, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

The largest share of California’s climate pollution comes from burning fossil fuel in our cars and trucks. (This is true nationally as well.) Measure M will give Angelenos a viable alternative to always relying on automobiles.The Los Angeles Times editorial says it best: Measure M would be a huge, transformative investment in making it easier, safer and more convenient to travel around Los Angeles without a car.

Among the plans are:

  • A new line through the Sepulveda Pass, connecting Van Nuys to Westwood to LAX
  • A new LAX station that connects new rail and rapid bus lines to the airport
  • A new, 20-mile rail line between Artesia and downtown LA
  • The extension of the Crenshaw Line, connecting LAX to Hollywood
  • The extension of the Gold Line, going out to Claremont, and, along the southern portion, an extension to Whittier New rapid bus lines along Vermont & Lincoln & connecting North Hollywood to Pasadena
  • New bike paths, including those connecting the LA River from the Valley to the sea
  • New funds to maintain local streets

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And those are just a few of of the improvements we will see. Add to the mix Metro’s new green policies (won by the EnviroMetro coalition) ensuring that new construction will be built to the highest green standards.

Add to all this — Mayor Garcetti is doing a great job leading the campaign. He’s joined by virtually every leader in the region — as well as almost every business, labor, and nonprofit organization in Los Angeles.

Here’s one last reason to support Measure M. There will be another three million people living in LA County within the next three decades. My god, is there room on the freeways for all these people? Of course not. There is a better way — Measure M will result in less pollution, improved mobility, and a more livable Los Angeles.

Climate Resolve also supports Measure A, the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks Measure. Los Angeles is one of the most park-poor regions in the nation. This is not only bad for our physical and mental health, but there’s a climate connection as well: parks build social resilience. Parks are places of natural cooling. They provide access to shade and water. Parks lower the urban heat island effect throughout the region. So the next time you’re flying into LAX, look out the window and ask yourself, could LA could use more parks?

#YesOnA for LA parks, and #VoteYesOnM for a world class transit system in LA. We deserve it, and we can make it happen.

p.s. Not yet registered to vote? Do it here!


This story was originally posted on the Climate Resolve blog by Jonathan Parfrey on September 29, 2016

Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
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