You could probably hear a pin drop, as 22 people sat in the sanctuary last night, listening to Bob Epstein, a renowned climate expert and political strategist, explain the delicate balancing act of survival on earth and enacting public policy to combat the rise of global temperatures. We all know it’s already started…..1 degree rise, 2 degrees, and wait bingo! … somewhere after 2 degrees the tundras melt releasing the stored methane and civilization ends as we know it due to the toxic air and a hostile environment ….. for humans. Ah but did you know planting bamboo and mangroves cleans the air by absorbing 500% more carbon from the atmosphere than temerate forests? Yes, a glimmer of light.
Dr. Epstein has help shepherd the passage of several California laws that have targeted dates - 10, 20, 30 year goals to help combat the "three legged stool" 1. Emissions, 2. Sequestering carbon from entering atmosphere, and 3. avoiding natural emissions. These CA bills are
2002: AB1493 - Clean Cars Bill,
2006: AB32 - Global Warming Solutions Act
2016: SB 32 - Emission standards extended to 2030
2017: AB398 - Carbon market extended to 2030
Remember the poor air a couple of weeks ago due to the fires? That is a common day in Beijing China. China has adopted many of the California initiatives to address their pollution problems and meet their commitments to counter climate change. California leads the way......and we all know WHO is trying to undermine this progress.
We thank Dr. Epstein for a most enlightening evening. Are we listening?