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Are you the next Al Gore?

By rgordon
Tuesday, February 20th, 2007 at 6:17 pm in Uncategorized.

Show a bunch of local agencies with really long names that you’re smarter than they are by giving them your two cents about how to address global warming in the Bay Area.

Attend the Climate Change Workshop on Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Metrocenter Auditorium at 101 8th St. in Oakland to convey your thoughts. This is the second workshop being held, after an overwhelming reponse to one held on Feb. 16.

Seating is limited. RSVP to the event via e-mail at info@mtc.ca.gov or by calling (510) 817-5706. The RSVP deadline is Thursday at noon.

Those who cannot attend can listen to an audiocast of the workshop on the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) Web site and can submit comments via email to climate@abag.ca.gov.

The workshop is being held to hear the public’s ideas and get their reaction to a set of strategies for addressing global warming locally that are being explored by four regional agencies (deep breath): the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District), the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and the MTC. The four are working together as the Joint Policy Committee (JPC).

The meeting will include a short background presentation on global warming and the Bay Area, a group discussion on a set of questions (below) and, after a break, a discussion about the public’s proposals for specific action that should be taken by the four regional agencies. Input will also be gathered through written comments during the workshop.

The questions that will be up for discussion include:

  • How can these four regional agencies specifically help your city or business or community group to move forward with climate protection? What do you need to succeed? What can’t you do on your own? What partnerships can we form to combine forces and work together?
  • What is the most important kind of regional leadership that we need from the four regional agencies?
  • What role should the four regional agencies play to develop more climate-friendly communities? How can these agencies best work with local governments to advance these issues?
  • What is the proper balance of regional resources devoted to (a) reducing greenhouse gas emissions and (b) adaptation strategies? What role should the regional agencies play in adaptation work?
  • What are your top two near-term actions that the regional agencies could implement in the next one to three years? What are some of the first things we can do to implement these actions?

If you’d still like us to have the continent of Antarctica in 50 years, do your part and participate.

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