News & Updates
August 7, 2020
Executive Director Update – August 2020
In all ReScape trainings and events we acknowledge the local watershed, and also the original indigenous residents of the land on which we live and work. It is essential for us to get a sense of place, of home. The pandemic has challenged us to be even more aware of where we are. Depending on where you are living, you may be experiencing not being able to leave home, or get home, being able to visit others at home, or even losing a home.
As COVID-19 continues to rage throughout California and the world, much is still uncertain and unknown about it. What it has illuminated are the broad gaps in equity, healthcare and food access, economic injustice and resilience and more. From human health to climate change to systems that degrade people and soil and ecosystems alike, we know more than ever that our challenges and the solutions are fundamentally linked. The old world is gone, and we know that as we rebuild, we must assure inclusion at all levels: diverse ecosystems, communities, and economic opportunity.
Nature must continue to be at the center of everything: where we focus, what we address, and how we heal, nourish relationships and stay healthy. Being in and caring for nature affirms our sense of place and belonging. We have an unprecedented opening to build local resilience: energy preparedness, local healthy food, to enhance a thriving and prosperous community, and one where investment in nature-based solutions are the priority. The devastation of a warming climate continues. And ReScape remains more than ever focused on our priority of workforce development, and addressing communities that lack access and opportunity.
What we are learning from nature and about climate change continues to evolve. Mysteries still abound: an interesting one is the lack of understanding about clouds, that is requiring that global warming models be evaluated and potentially rewritten. It illuminates how much we still need to learn about nature.
There is cause for hope.
Leading city mayors around the country joined to together to launch the C40, taking the first steps towards COVID-19 recovery. Through their Global Mayors COVID-19 Recovery Task Force, they have committed to providing the swiftest and strongest possible rebound for their citizens in line with the principles of the Global Green New Deal. Their collective vision is set out in a new report, C40 Mayors’ Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery. Sacramento and West Sacramento Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change published their very comprehensive report, Achieving Carbon Zero in Sacramento and West Sacramento by 2045. Last week, the City of Oakland announced their Oakland 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP).
A few weeks ago, the US House of Representatives passed H.R.1957, the Great American Outdoors Act. It funds the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), America’s most important conservation program, responsible for protecting parks, wildlife refuges and recreation areas at the federal, state and local level. LWCF does not use any taxpayer dollars –itis funded using a small portion of revenues from offshore oil and gas royalty payments.
There’s the biggest resurgence in bicycling since the 1970s. California’s 2014 carbon market link with Quebec can go forward following the removal of barriers at the national level. Walmart started selling formerly worn items, putting a dent in the global emissions produced by the fashion industry. Apple pledged at be 100% carbon neutral by 2030.
Keep up your good work. Together we will move the important action forward. Together we will know our place.
“We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.” – Wendell Berry
Warmly and with gratitude,