News & Updates

April 2, 2019

Executive Director Monthly Update – April 2019

The United nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment last week, prepared by 250 scientists and experts from 70 countries. With the theme “Healthy Planet, Healthy People,” GEO-6 is an independent assessment of the state of the environment, the effectiveness of the policy response in addressing environmental challenges and the possible pathways to achieving various internationally agreed environmental goals. It confirms that a transformational whole systems view of challenges and solutions is the only way that we will be able to be successful in addressing climate change.

The GEO-6 report confirms that our activities and focus here at ReScape are in the right direction. For example, we are researching and updating our basic qualification trainings and workshops to enable you to get the highest quality information and education. We will be offering at least one Qualification Training this summer, and one in the fall. Please let us know if you are interested in getting on the list by taking our survey.

We have several workshops and events coming up, including a WaterSmart Workshop this Saturday, April 6. Next week we will be hosting the second event in our Speaker Series featuring conversations based on ReScape’s 8 Sustainable Principles. We hope you will join us on Thursday, April 11  in Oakland for the Spring Speaker Series which will focus on water. Together, with a panel of experts, we will explore what we can do to address climate change issues of water: drought and flooding. California is officially out of drought conditions, but we know that water is a precious commodity and continued conservation and proper land management are necessary for long term sustainability.

Over the next few months we will have additional sections in our newsletter: we want to hear from you about best practices, research your questions, share information and push for changes big enough to matter. Stay tuned.

The necessary transformation over the coming decades represents an enormous economic and community-building opportunity to those cities (and countries!), policy makers and businesses who show the enterprise and innovative spirit to put in place the technologies, social practices and institutions that can make sustainable development a reality. Together, we can do it!

-Milena Fiore
Executive Director, ReScape California

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