News & Updates

May 10, 2019

Executive Director Monthly Update – May 2019

Climate change news is everywhere, both about the devastation and the response to it. A UN Report released this week states that one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction. We know that eroded soil adds to the problem, and it is the reason we teach that healthy, living soils provide a huge solution by storing carbon.

But there is an ever-burgeoning global movement that continues to fuel hope. We know that one of the most important things people can do is to work individually right where they are, and then to come together to push for changes big enough to matter, from city-wide renewable energy programs and regenerative landscaping activities and policies, to large-scale divestment from fossil fuels.

The UK Parliament announced officially that we are in a climate crisis. Chicago is now the largest U.S. city to announce a timeline for obtaining all of its energy from renewable sources. In April, renewables outpaced coal in energy production in the U.S. for the first time—ever. With more than 100 U.S. cities committed to running on clean energy, and with the price of solar and wind falling by 90 percent and 70 percent, respectively, in the last decade, the future’s looking bright—and powered by renewables. Our young people are also leading the way to address climate change.

California just released the Fourth Assessment Report, part of California’s comprehensive strategy to take action based on cutting-edge climate research. It addresses critical information gaps that decision-makers at the state, regional, and local levels, including the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento, need addressed in order to protect California’s people, infrastructure, natural systems, working lands, and waters.

We are working to provide the tools and knowledge that address these larger issues through local action. In June we are offering two professional qualification trainings. Our third Speaker Series event on Soil & Carbon will feature a panel of experts sharing information about healthy soil and carbon sequestration; we will have two events, one in San Jose in June and the second on August 1 in Sacramento. Participate in the dynamic conversation to help us create community-based solutions. CEU’s available.

You can count on us to continue to lead the charge in landscaping science-based research and best practices. We are establishing a Climate Change Consortium that will specifically address our principles. Let me know if you are interested in participating: Join us as we move forward powerfully to reverse the direction of climate change destruction. Together we can do it!

-Milena Fiore
Executive Director, ReScape California

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