Luckily, we know some of the solutions too. One big target has been set: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 36 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and 85 percent below 2005 levels by 2050. The Oakland City Council approved this goal last summer, making Oakland a national leader in setting GHG reduction goals.
But what does that mean in terms of concrete action on the ground? How can Oakland really become a model green city? What will have to change?
The hard work is under way, and both city staff and community organizations identifying how to meet that goal in concrete steps. City Council is holding a special workshop Tuesday evening, the first major hearing on Energy and Climate Action Plan.
The Oakland Climate Action Coalition–a cross-sector coalition of community-based organizations, environmental experts and advocates, labor unions, and green businesses-–has been addressing the issue and has compiled a set of goals and action recommendations they are urging the City Council to adopt into the final Energy and Climate Action Plan. You can sign a petition supporting these recommendations.
Read the full story and OCAC’s full recommendations on Oakland Local.