Tuesday, March 3—City Council Public Hearing on the General Plan, 6 pm, City Hall, Sacramento
Wednesday, March 4—Transportation Committee Meeting, 5:30, Breathe California, Sacramento
Friday, March 6—Kathleen Dean Moore, Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Davis
Saturday, March 7—Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Climate in Peril, 9:30–3:15 at University Covenant Church in Davis
Tuesday, March 17—City Council Vote on City Urban Ag Ordinance
Thursday, April 2—Energy Committee Meeting
March 3, City Council Public Hearing on the General Plan
The City Council will discuss the new General Plan on Tuesday, March 3. One important change is that the City's 2012 Climate Action Plan (CAP) will become part of the General Plan instead of a stand-alone document. This has advantages because the CAP will then be part of a major policy document that governs decisions about growth and change in the city. However, the CAP itself does not set adequate goals to truly address climate change, nor are those goals being updated with this new GP. Therefore, 350 Sacramento will introduce our Action Plan to the City Council that evening. Please come to City Hall on Tuesday at 6 pm to support strong climate action during the public comment period.
In addition, Trees Sacramento, a coalition of community groups and individuals (including 350 Sac) has worked hard to maintain the level of parks and tree canopy in the City. They were successful in reversing a plan to decrease park acreage requirements and added tree canopy monitoring and reporting to the draft General Plan Update. A letter of endorsement of these changes and concern about fee policy is attached below.
Kathleen Dean Moore, philosopher and nature writer: "Do we have a moral obligation to take action to protect the future of a planet in peril?"
Friday, March 6
Kathleen Dean Moore: "The Moral Urgency of Climate Action…Because It's Wrong to Wreck the World"
6:30 reception; 7:15 program at Veterans Memorial Theater, 203 E 14th St, Davis
Suggested donation: $5–$10
Saturday, March 7
Interfaith Climate Conference
Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril
9:30–3:15 at the University Covenant Church, 315 Mace Blvd, Davis
Suggested donation: $10–$20 (lunch included)
Program: http://www.cooldavis.org/wp-content/uploads/Program-pdf8.pdf (see Martha Turner, 350 Sac, on the divestment panel at 2 pm)
Information and to register: http://www.cooldavis.org/2015/01/19/interfaith-climate-conference-moral-ground/
The transportation committee has been meeting to work on the transportation aspects of the Action Plan. After mapping the local power structure and community assets, we are now ready to prioritize projects to develop a lower carbon transportation future for Sacramento. If you are interested in this, come to the next meeting on Wednesday, March 4, at 5:30 at Breathe California, 909 12th St.
The energy committee has also been meeting. A major focus is the oil trains that are going through Sacramento in increasing numbers (2 more derailments/explosions a couple of weeks ago). We will be working on various fronts to address this threat to our community and others all along the tracks. We are also following State climate legislation that will set climate pollution reduction targets for 2050, energy goals for 2030, and divestment requirements for CalPERS and CalSTRS. Let us know if you would like to be involved in these issues. Next meeting on Thursday, April 2, place and time TBA.
The Sacramento City Council is expected to vote on the Sacramento Urban Agriculture ordinance on Tuesday March 17th at 6pm at City Hall. Please write a letter to city council before March 17th! Template letter here: goo.gl/bY5apg. More info on the urban ag ordinance here: http://www.ubuntugreen.org/advocacy-urban-agriculture.
Help Support the Urban Agriculture Ordinance. Contact your councilperson before March 17 and ask them to support the ordinance without amendments! There is an effort being made by some on the Council to weaken the ordinance by removing the market farm stands provision. Without the ability to sell excess veggies, there will be little reason for people to invest in increasing locally grown veggies. The proposed ordinance has plenty of protections for those concerned about these stands becoming permanent structures: they must be put up and taken down each day; and people can only sell what they grow or make themselves. As a result, these stands will go up only occasionally, and will bring fresh grown vegetables into our neighborhoods within walking distance.
The United Nations has identified small scale farming as an essential ingredient in food security in a warming world—it reduces greenhouse gases from transportation and the manufacture and use of industrial fertilizers.
We welcome your donations
Your donations help us make progress on all these fronts. Please send donations to 350 Sacramento, PO Box 161677, Sacramento, CA 95816 or go to our website and donate through Paypal. http://www.350sacramento.org