The Green New Deal is Happening in San Diego

Paul Watson Leads 150 People Through the Green New Deal Planning Process

SAN DIEGO REGIONAL GREEN NEW DEAL

The Climate Action Campaign, in partnership with the Global ARC, convened a 3-month planning process to create San Diego Region's version of the Green New Deal. 

Every year for the past three years, Climate Action Campaign has released a Report Card on Climate Action Plans and Implementation in the region. The 3rd Edition of the Climate Action Plan Report Card, released February of 2019, revealed sobering news: Our region is not on track to meet climate targets that represent the minimum action needed to secure a safe and livable future. The report also identified that cities are failing to center communities of concern in their climate efforts. Furthermore, recent climate science reports, including the landmark United Nations IPCC Report, Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius, say we need to go beyond what local and state laws commit us to — we need a plan to reach net-zero emissions. 

With this news, Climate Action Campaign, concluded that the San Diego region must think bigger and bolder. We must align current efforts and come together to determine a path to a San Diego region that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous. 

 

Small Group Discussion
Small Group Discussion

 

Similar to the national Green New Deal Resolution introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey at the national level, this initiative would model how to create catalytic change in the San Diego Region with investments in infrastructure and industry to fight the climate crisis, center front-line communities, and build a just society with an economy works for all. 

Climate Action Campaign believes that the San Diego Green New Deal can be a model for other regions, the state, and the nation, for what is possible, and how to transition to a clean energy economy with a just transition for workers and vulnerable communities.

 

Brainstorming
Brainstorming Ideas

 

The Climate Action Campaign decided to respond to the congressional call for action by using the resolution as a framework for convening a cross section of people who are currently working on these justice issues locally to collectively create the San Diego Regional Green New Deal. They engaged the services of Paul L. Watson Jr., President/CEO of the Global Action Research Center to facilitate the planning process.

Every year for the past three years, Climate Action Campaign has released a Report Card on Climate Action Plans and Implementation in the region. The 3rd Edition of the Climate Action Plan Report Card, released February of 2019, revealed sobering news: Our region is not on track to meet climate targets that represent the minimum action needed to secure a safe and livable future. The report also identified that cities are failing to center communities of concern in their climate efforts. Furthermore, recent climate science reports, including the landmark United Nations IPCC Report, Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius, say we need to go beyond what local and state laws commit us to — we need a plan to reach net-zero emissions. 

With this news, Climate Action Campaign, concluded that the San Diego region must think bigger and bolder. We must align current efforts and come together to determine a path to a San Diego region that is sustainable, equitable, and prosperous. 

 

Working on Strategic Directions
Working on Developing Strategic Directions
 

 

Similar to the national Green New Deal Resolution introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey at the national level, this initiative would model how to create catalytic change in the San Diego Region with investments in infrastructure and industry to fight the climate crisis, center front-line communities, and build a just society with an economy works for all. 

Climate Action Campaign believes that the San Diego Green New Deal can be a model for other regions, the state, and the nation, for what is possible, and how to transition to a clean energy economy with a just transition for workers and vulnerable communities.

The Climate Action Campaign decided to respond to the congressional call for action by using the resolution as a framework for convening a cross section of people who are currently working on these justice issues locally to collectively create the San Diego Regional Green New Deal. They engaged the services of Paul L. Watson Jr., President/CEO of the Global Action Research Center to facilitate the planning process. Approximately 150 individuals, including representatives from organizations and political offices, participated within the three monthly planning sessions.

 

Working on Implementation Steps
Working on Implementation Steps

 

The participants envisioned that by June 30, 2024 the San Diego Region will have transformed our relationship to natural resources and environment. We will have re-envisioned energy usage and infrastructure and created green communities that feature, promote and protect environmental and social justice. We accomplished this through the transformative engagement of our communities that led to a just transition to green employment and opportunity, while producing accessible clean mobility and affordable green housing.

 

The partcipants develop a Shared Vision for San Diego

 

What we do
Civic engagements
Area of focus
Green infrastructure