from Dr. Bonnie Hamilton


Our next monthly meeting of the Solano Climate Policy Action Team is Monday, September 27 at 7pm via Zoom. We are part of the Climate Reality Project, Bay Area Chapter. Our meetings are open to anyone who has the desire to take local action on the climate crisis to help prevent, mitigate and reverse its effects. If you would like to be on our email list, please email bonnie.hamilton@sbcglobal.net.

At our last meeting on Monday, August 23, discussions included the following:

Monarch Milkweed Project: Monarch butterflies are disappearing at an alarming rate. According to the Monarch Milkweed Project, “The most recent population count shows a heartbreaking decline of 99.9% for Monarchs who are dying off due to pesticides and habitat loss. Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Monarchs need protection, but our government hasn’t acted yet and is saying that Monarchs won’t be put on the endangered list until 2024. That will be too late.”

Call to Action: Two bills ( S.809 and S.806 ) have been introduced into the US Senate which would provide necessary funding to protect the Western Monarch butterfly. The Monarch Milkweed Project urges all to read the information on their website and contact our senators in support of the bills.

Participate: The Western Monarch, Where Have They Gone: Friday, September 17, 6:00-7:00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-western-monarch-where-have-they-gonetickets-164908587023

Carbon Neutral is Not Enough!

The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that “Recent changes in the climate are widespread, rapid, and intensifying, and unprecedented in thousands of years” (Title Slide. Arial 40pt). Effects of climate change in California (drought, excessive heat and increased wildfires) have prompted leading climate change scientists to state that carbon neutrality by 2030 is not enough. California needs to be carbon negative by 2030. More information can be found in the following article: Earth Day 2021 call: California, fight climate change faster.

Call to Action: The Climate Center website urges the public to contact state leaders, urging them to embrace the goal of making California carbon negative by 2030. Tell Governor Newsom and state leaders: Carbon neutral isn't good enough!

Participate: Is There Still Time To Save The World? Why California must accelerate climate action and how bold policies can make us a global climate leader. Sunday, September 12,

4:00-5:30pm https://350bayarea.org/event/is-there-still-time-to-save-the-world/

Solano County Local Government Climate Action Plans and Environmental Resources

Local governments are currently updating climate action plans and hazard mitigation plans. The Sustainable Solano’s environmental resource page provides valuable information about each city’s environmental challenges, climate action and hazard mitigation plans, and other local resources.

Upcoming Climate Events

Is There Still Time To Save The World? Why California must accelerate climate action

and how bold policies can make us a global climate leader. Sunday, September 12,

4:00-5:30pm https://350bayarea.org/event/is-there-still-time-to-save-the-world/

The Western Monarch, Where Have They Gone: Friday, September 17, 6:00-7:00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-western-monarch-where-have-they-gonetickets-164908587023

NorCal Symposium on Climate, Health, and Equity: Friday, September 24, 12:00-7:00pm

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/norcal-symposium-on-climate-health-and-equitytickets-163587102427

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE)

Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education: October 12-14 https://

www.aashe.org/conference/

Compost Happens, Compost 101: Thursday, October 14, 6:00-7:30pm https://

www.eventbrite.com/e/compost-happens-compost-101-tickets-164556911151

Become a Climate Reality Leader! Registration is open: October 16-24 https://

www.climaterealityproject.org/training