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Support for the Climate Action Plan and Climate Emergency Declaration at Tonight's Meeting

From: domainremoved <James>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 17:10:26 -0800

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Honorable Mayor Mueller and City Council Members,

I was planning to be at tonight's meeting to voice my support for the updated Climate Action Plan and the declaration of a climate emergency, but unfortunately I have a conflict, so I wanted to write a few quick words of support via email.

First of all, I would like to thank you all, along with Rebecca Lucky and the other members of the city staff and the public who showed such great leadership with the recent passage of the Reach Codes. It's amazing to see so many cities following in Menlo Park's footsteps on this important milestone toward carbon neutrality. The next major step is to declare our city's commitment to carbon neutrality by adopting a plan to get Menlo Park to zero carbon in 2030. This will mark another momentous step forward for our city that will hopefully reverberate throughout the region and the country to help us avert the severest effects of climate change that imperil out city. That is why it is also necessary that we recognize this threat for what it is - an emergency - by declaring a climate emergency. Without swift action, we could lose major swaths of the Belle Haven neighborhood, where I call home, to rising seas within decades.

Declaring an emergency and our commitment to carbon zero are necessary next steps, but they of course only mark the beginning of our work, not the end. Accomplishing these goals will require every aspect of the city to recognize that they are affected by, and in turn have an effect on, climate change. I encourage you to consider measures that will equip every department to take an active effort in evaluating the role they will play in helping the city reach zero carbon emissions - this will greatly smooth the path forwards for Rebecca and everyone else involved in sustainability if other departments are equipped and ready to collaborate on the many projects this goal will entail.

Thank you again for all your time and leadership, and I look forward to working with you all to continue making Menlo Park a leader on confronting the climate crisis.

Best,
James Payne
1317 Carlton Ave.
Received on Tue Dec 10 2019 - 17:15:25 PST

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