Richmond Passes Resolution on Limiting CO2
Last week the Richmond, California City Council passed a resolution that recognizes 350 ppm CO2 as the sensible limit to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Richmond is home to a large Chevron refinery, which is the largest contributor of emissions in the state.
The Richmond resolution commits the city to a series of educational presentations, beginning a city-wide effort to help everyone understand the necessity of adopting the 350 standard. The city will also organize meetings to enlist participation in the creation of a Climate Action Plan.
Richmond Vice Mayor Ritterman expressed a hope that other cities will follow Richmond’s lead.
The resolution reads, in part:
“WHEREAS, failure to limit CO2 to 350 ppm will likely: kill more people internationally than anything short of all out nuclear war; create a worldwide refugee crisis; impoverish more people than any economic downturn in recorded history; destroy more species than at any time since the extinction of the dinosaurs; and cause the inundation of coastal cities and towns which are home to one billion people; and;
WHEREAS, the world’s leaders at the December 2009 Copenhagen meetings on climate change were unable to provide world wide leadership….
WHEREAS, the longer we delay, the higher the financial and environmental costs will be…
Read the entire resolution at www.350.org.