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PRESS CONFERENCE MEDIA ADVISORY
Santa Clara County Calls on Local Governments to Implement Climate Restoration
Santa Clara County, Earth Day Network, and the Foundation for Climate Restoration Call on All Cities & Counties in the US and Globally to Immediately Mobilize Resources and Labor at a Massive Scale to Restore the Climate
Santa Clara County — January 10, 2020 – Leading up to Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary, Santa Clara County, Earth Day Network, and the Foundation for Climate Restoration will hold a press conference announcing the beginning of a campaign to call on all cities and counties to adopt climate restoration.
Supervisor Dave Cortese led the effort for the approval of Santa Clara County’s Climate Restoration Emergency Resolution, which is the first of its kind in the nation, that called for the immediate mobilization of resources and labor at a massive scale and at every level – local, state, national, international, social, industrial, and economic – to halt, reverse, mitigate, and prepare for the consequences of our climate emergency and to restore the climate for future generations. The Climate Restoration Emergency Resolution builds on climate action underway including, developing a first-of-its-kind Agricultural Resilience Incentive grant program that will galvanize the participation of agricultural communities in climate restoration and establishing Building Electrification “Reach Codes” for all-electric buildings and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure during the new construction process. The next priority will be to promote the use of carbon-negative building materials, including low embodied emissions in concrete, to restore our atmospheric carbon levels.
Climate Restoration, a critical third pillar of climate action alongside mitigation and adaptation, is gaining traction in the global climate conversation. There are scalable and financeable technologies available today to remove the excess trillion tons of atmospheric CO2 from the atmosphere and this declaration calls on everyone to commit to restoring a safe climate like that in which humans and our natural world evolved.
This press conference will present tangible solutions on how cities and counties can set the framework to safely restore a healthy climate.
WHAT: Climate Restoration Press Conference
70 West Hedding St, San Jose, CA, 95110
WHEN: January 16, 2019; 10:00 AM PT
- Dave Cortese, Supervisor, Santa Clara County
- Matt Bogoshian, Southwest Representative, Earth Day Network
- Peter Pham, Student Activist, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Action
- Erica Dodds, PhD, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Foundation for Climate Restoration
About Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese – Supervisor Dave Cortese was elected to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors in 2008. Prior to joining the Board, Cortese served eight years on the San Jose City Council, including two years as Vice Mayor, and eight years on the East Side Union High School District Board. He has proposed and successfully implemented broad, far reaching climate action goals for Santa Clara County including receiving 00% of the County’s electrical needs from renewable resources by using the County’s surplus lands for solar power facilities. Supervisor Cortese was a founding Board Member of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, a community choice energy provider which includes 14 of 15 cities in the county and unincorporated County. The County Climate Coalition, a project spearheaded by Dave’s office in partnership with Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project, affirmed the county’s commitment to emission reductions deadlines set forth in the United Nations’ Paris Climate Agreement. On Tuesday, September 17, 2019 was honored to be the only elected official to address the first annual Climate Restoration Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
About Earth Day Network
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to protest environmental degradation. That first Earth Day sparked the creation of the EPA and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts, and led to the creation of Earth Day Network. Today, Earth Day Network works year-round with more than 75,000 partners in 190 countries on projects, programs, and campaigns that support environmental conservation, environmental protection, climate activism and advocacy, and advancing the green economy. Learn more at earthday.org.
About Foundation for Climate Restoration
The Foundation for Climate Restoration (F4CR) is a nonprofit whose mission is to catalyze action to restore the climate by 2050. It uses global dialogue and initiatives to unite the public, policy-makers, and technical and business experts behind the common goal of reversing global warming and restoring a healthy climate for future generations. The F4CR encourages and spotlights achievable solutions to remove excess carbon dioxide from our atmosphere and rebuild Arctic ice. For more information visit www.f4cr.org.