Fighting for Climate Action

Date: October, 18 2021 Category: City Council, Ward 3

Climate change is occurring as a result of the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases in the Earth’s atmosphere–and humans are the main cause of this. The largest form of greenhouse gas emissions is carbon dioxide, which is the byproduct of burning fossil fuels.  So how does climate change impact our planet? Well, it increases the frequency and magnitude of extreme weather conditions (such as droughts, floods, wildfires, and hurricanes), as well as warms up the temperature of the planet (in the last several years, we have seen the highest average temperatures ever recorded!)

Earlier this year, I shared with my colleagues on the City Council a policy resolution declaring a climate emergency. The resolution, based upon a climate resilience initiative called the SAFE Cities Movement, commits the City of Santa Ana to supporting policies that oppose fossil fuel expansion and accelerate the Clean Energy Transition, as well as endorses the call for a global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. This resolution lays out actionable items for the City to work on to achieve climate justice and environmental justice. Here are some of the ways we plan to achieve this:

  • We urge the State of California and the United States Federal Government to support the initiative for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
  • We support land use that will accommodate more park space that would mitigate environmental pollution including carbon emissions.
  • We seek to achieve 100 percent of electricity power supply through clean, renewable, and zero carbon emission energy sources before the year 2045.

These are just a few of the commitments that Santa Ana will make to work collectively to improve the health of our planet and spread awareness of how we can work together in combating climate change. To learn more about how your government is championing climate resilience, check out our Climate Action Plan.

Read the Resolution: