The Theme for Earth Day 2020 is Climate Action
An enormous challenge—but also the vast opportunities—of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
Climate Solutions Corner
Promote an environment beneficial to life through the protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest.
Plants can help with our climate problem! The climate problem is too much CO2 in the atmosphere. Plants help by taking up CO² out of the air to make sugar during photosynthesis. Scientists at the Plant Carbon Drawdown conference that I attended at the Salk Institute and San Diego Botanic Garden thought that with changes in land use, plants can possibly take up another 30% of excess CO².
I’ll highlight three takeaways from this conference here:
- We really have this decade to cut our green-house gas emissions and make changes in land use for the world to stay with an increase of only 1.5 degree Celsius in global temperature. A two degree C increase is expected to harm most of the agriculture in California.
- Coastal wetlands, such as our own salt marshes, are as effective as tropical rainforests in taking up CO2. Let’s protect our San Diego regional lagoons.
- Good soil goes hand in hand with having more carbon stay in the soil. Organic farming, no-till farming, using perineal crops, and enhanced weathering are land use practices that can increase the amount of carbon placed back into in the soil.
The last point about good soil is also the theme of the LWVC climate change task force subcommittee on Food, Soils, and Agriculture. This group meets once a month by teleconference to discuss state legislation, and actions local leagues are taking to promote building better soils (in your backyard or in commercial farms). Check out their website.
A good land use practice is purchasing organic food from our local farmers. During this Covid19 shutdown, many Farmers Markets have been shut down to eliminate crowds. You can find a list of local farmer stands at SD Sustainable Living Institute.
Vote for representatives at all levels of government that share your views on climate change.
Natural Resources Chair
- Climate Solutions Corner: Rising Sea Levels and Groundwater - September 2020
- Climate Solutions Corner: Climate Change and Social Justice - July 2020
- Climate Solutions Corner: Two-fer Solution for the Pandemic - June 2020
The League’s Position
The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that natural resources should be managed as interrelated parts of life-supporting ecosystems. Resources should be conserved and protected to assure their future availability. Pollution of these resources should be controlled in order to preserve the physical, chemical and biological integrity of ecosystems and to protect public health.
Statement of Position on Natural Resources, as Affirmed by the 1986 Convention, Based on Positions Reached from 1958 Through 1986.
Click on the links below for additional resources for info and study:
- Buena Vista Lagoon Foundation
- Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
- Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation
- San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
- Preserve Calavera
- Surfrider Foundation
- San Dieguito River Park
- Earth Day
- The Water Conservation Garden
- San Diego Botanic Garden
- 50 Ways to Help the Planet
- Chaparral Institute
- Global Warming Information from Union of Concerned Scientists