Leading the Charge at the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit

Leaders from six continents came together in San Francisco last week to take climate action to the next level as part of the Global Climate Action Summit.

The San Diego Foundation was there to help showcase climate action from the San Diego region along with others from around the world. The goal was to build confidence among world and U.S. leaders to go even further in meeting urgent climate challenges we face by 2020.

The good news is the San Diego region has a lot to feel confident about in terms of how we measure up.

But we still have a long way to go.

Similar to statewide trends, our biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions, transportation-related emissions, are still going up locally. We also need to ensure that the communities most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change are also benefiting from investments in cleaner energy, air, water and transportation options. Lastly, climate action plans are only as good as there is a will and a way to implement them.

We need bold action.

At the summit, The San Diego Foundation joined with mayors, governors, businesses and other U.S. leaders in signing the We Are Still In declaration. In doing so, The Foundation and partners nationwide are calling on world leaders to invest in solutions that stem the causes of climate change.

Public opinion research has consistently affirmed that San Diegans throughout the region believe climate change is happening, want our region to lead, and know that a healthy environment and strong economy go together. As a region, we can continue being leaders nationally by working together and investing today. The We Are Still In declaration confirms this regional commitment.

The San Diego Foundation remains focused on partnering with community in catalyzing greater regional action to address climate change.

Learn more about the impact of our Climate Program

About Nicola Hedge, MPIA

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”12107″ img_size=”” alignment=”center”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Nicola leads implementation of The San Diego Foundation’s environmental initiatives, working with donors, nonprofits, business and government partners to advance community efforts that protect our region’s clean air and water, natural resources and quality of life. Nicola joined The Foundation after working as a field research manager for a World Bank research project in rural Malawi and earning a master’s degree from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

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