Updates: We’re delighted to announce our Congressmember Scott Peters will attend this meeting, and in addition Joe LaCava will talk about the One Paseo petition drive.
This month’s meeting is about climate action (or inaction) on the San Diego region generally and the beach areas in particular.
Climate Action Campaign is based in San Diego and is looking to build support for the City’s draft Climate Action Plan and ensure its successful passage and implementation.
To do this requires creating a powerful base of support for climate protection by enlisting community leaders, grassroots organizations, students, small business owners, and policymakers.
Kath Rogers, Operations Director and Brian Elliott, Campaign Organizer will present an overview of Climate Action Campaign, the City’s Climate Action Plan and discuss Community Choice Energy, a mechanism the City is exploring to reach its renewable energy goals.
The Community Action Plan is a legally enforceable document which sets out goals for the following:
- Energy and water efficient buildings
- Clean and renewable energy
- Biking, walking and transit
- Zero waste
- Climate resiliency
Here is a link to the full plan (PDF).
Kath Rogers, Operations Director
Kath has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 10 years. She co-founded a local non-profit and has coordinated two statewide ballot campaigns–one for animal protection and the other for human rights. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Hillcrest Town Council and is in law school part time.
As Climate Action Campaign’s Operations Director, Kath’s duties include ensuring organizational effectiveness, overseeing financial functions, and contributing to the development and implementation of organizational strategies, policies and practices. Kath enjoys traveling and hiking, and she wishes she did karaoke more often.
Brian Elliott, Campaign Organizer
Brian is an environmental advocate dedicated to making San Diego the greenest city in America. After spending seven cold winters in Washington, DC and Philadelphia, Brian returned to the West Coast in 2014. He dove headfirst in San Diego politics and worked as the environmental organizer with Scott Peters’ successful reelection campaign. Brian has continued to advance conservation issues and climate change mitigation in the region through his work on Sierra Club San Diego’s Political Committee. He also serves as 1st Vice President on the Board of the San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action.
Brian attended the University of Portland and earned a BS in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Political Science. He also has a Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. During every spare moment he can find, Brian joins his wife Sheila to run trails throughout San Diego County.
On Martin Luther King Day, January 19, 2015 SanDiego350.org volunteers gathered at the north-east corner of Mission Boulevard and Mission Bay Drive and proceeded to chalk where the High Water Line is predicted to be 35 years from now.
Because Mission Beach has already experienced some effects of sea-level rise, notably at high tides during storms, most business owners and residents understand the need for stronger public policy to mitigate climate change.
Canvassers gathered fifty-three signatures from business owners, employees and residents to urge the San Diego City Council to adopt a stronger Climate Action Plan.
Jeanne Peterson and James Long from SanDiego350.org will present details of the event.
Her son describes her as being “obsessed with climate change,” which she considers a compliment!
She is the leader of the Creative Engagement Team of SanDiego350, which uses visual, performing, and visual arts to communicate in fresh ways about the threat of climate change.
James Long, Creative Engagement Volunteer
James work as an accountant in city government. James has been a volunteer for San Diego 350 since 2014. He volunteered at the tables during the San Diego People’s Climate March last September. James does data input, phone bank pre-event and post event calling, and for the Mission Beach High Line Water event, organized a campaign to business owners to sign petitions for a strong Climate Action Plan. Besides San Diego 350, James is active in the Climate Justice Team in Hillcrest First Unitarian Universalist Church.
James has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. James lives in El Cajon with his wife and enjoys karaoke at friends houses.
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Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30PM before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share.
After the meeting ends we suggest adjourning to the Point Break Cafe at 2743 Shelter Island Dr to sit outside on the (dog-friendly) deck and continue our progressive conversation. Happy Hour is until 6:30pm.