City Council Confirms Long Beach’s First Climate Action and Adaptation PlanRelease Date: 2021-01-07
On Tuesday, January 5, the Long Beach City Council confirmed the City’s first-ever Climate Action and Adaption Plan (CAAP), directing staff to move forward and prepare an Environmental Impact Report. The CAAP is anticipated to be adopted by Fall 2021. Following the end of 2020, a year that broke many extreme weather event records, climate action is critical to better prepare Long Beach for the current and future impacts of climate change.
Mayor Robert Garcia thanked the staff for their “significant contribution to the work around climate change and climate action and ensuring that we have a safe city for all of our families.”
Climate change affects all of us right here in Long Beach. The CAAP seeks to reduce local impacts from worsening climate change impacts such as extreme heat, poor air quality, drought, flooding, and sea level rise. The plan includes actions that improve public health, foster economic opportunity, and advance social equity by cutting carbon emissions and fostering a healthier and more prosperous city.
The CAAP not only helps the City do its part in reaching the state’s goal to reduce greenhouse gases to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030, but also the City’s own goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. The CAAP also supports the recently adopted Framework for Reconciliation and it’s goal to advance environmental and climate justice in communities most impacted by environmental racism.
Developing the CAAP has been part of an ongoing collaborative process to make Long Beach safer, healthier and a more sustainable place to live, work, and play. Since 2018, staff has engaged more than 10,000 community members through local outreach and events. Climate change is happening now, and now is the best time to get involved. Visit www.longbeach.gov/caaplb to learn more about the plan.