In the words of Nick Josefowitz, chief of policy at our Northern California partner organization SPUR, this is the Zoom call you want to listen to if you believe that we can do something about climate change, climate justice, dirty air that is killing Californians, and the wildfires that are devastating our community.
As you probably know by now, we are working with SPUR to create a major new funding source, possibly a statewide ballot measure in November 2022, to invest in strategies to fight climate change and clean our air.
While we would expect this measure to cover 20-30 years or more, in this discussion we focused the discussion on what could be funded in the first decade because we have looming climate deadlines in 2030—when California's goal is to reduce GHG emissions 40% below 1990 levels, which would put us on track to be carbon neutral—and we must meet federal air quality attainment deadlines by 2031, which in Southern California means emissions from all sectors must be reduced by more than 50%.
Unfortunately, we are not alone in questioning whether we are on track to meet California’s climate goals. Moreover, seven of the 10 cities that have the worst air pollution in the U.S. are in California, and tens of thousands of Californians are dying every year as a result.