State Assembly member Fran Pavley will host a summit, “The Climate Change Crisis: Can California Create a Way Out?” on Thursday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Council Chambers in Santa Monica City Hall.
Recent studies indicate that the potential impacts of global warming on California would be devastating – both environmentally and economically.
Are there more heat waves, droughts, and forest fires in California’s future? How will climate change affect air quality and public health? What will happen to the state’s agriculture, fishing, insurance, construction and tourism industries? What can and should be done to prevent the degradation of the environment and quality of life?
A just-released Public Policy Institute of California statewide survey found that 86 percent of the state’s residents believe global warming will affect current or future generations.
At the Thursday gathering, Stanford, and U.C. Berkeley scientists will discuss what is now known about climate change. Representatives from Global Green USA as well as Pacific Institute and Union of Concerned Scientists will testify on feasible solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and what California can expect from climate impacts. In addition, governmental representatives will address state policy and planning and legislation.
Seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.Validated parking is available at the Santa Monica Civic Center, south of City Hall.