Climate Action in Long BeachRelease Date: 2019-06-03
The City of Long Beach is developing the City’s first-ever Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP) to ensure the community and physical assets are better protected from the impacts of climate change.
On Saturday, June 1, at Marine Stadium, the City hosted LB ClimateFest, a public open house event for the City’s CAAP. At the event, City staff unveiled a draft CAAP and offered family-friendly activities for the community provide input on the plan. The event also featured information and resources booths from various City departments, environmental project displays from Long Beach students, a sea level rise chalk art exhibit, and more.
The CAAP includes actions and strategies to protect our healthy, economy, and quality of life. The plan itself is also an invitation for everyone who lives, works, or play in Long Beach to work together in making Long Beach a low-carbon and climate-resilient city. Without action, climate change impacts such as worsening heat waves, sea level rise, drought, and reduced air quality could have significant negative impacts on our communities.
In 2018, staff set out to create an inclusive, community-centered planning process to engage the Long Beach community broadly and with attention to those most affected by climate change. City staff convened a scientific, business, and community working group to engage key stakeholders. To date, the City community engagement efforts have reached over 8,500 residents at nearly 50 events including: community meetings, open houses, resource fairs, cultural festivals, and panel discussions across the city. Community input is critical to helping address climate action and better prepare Long Beach for the impacts of climate change—and we want you to be part of the process!
June 1, 2019 kicked off a 45-day public comment period that will close on July 15, 2019. The draft is now available online for public review and comment.