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Attendees discuss the need for public will in climate protection efforts in small groups (Santa Rosa City Councilwoman Veronica Jacobi on right).

The Campaign's Development Director Barry Vesser, emcee and radio host Marcy Smothers, the Campaign's Cool Schools Coordinator Jessica Kellett, and all star volunteer Barbara Gerber (l to r).

Students from Analy and Windsor High Schools provice a "Notice of Delinquency" from the future generation to the current generation for the cost of climate change.

Attendees hear from elected officials, students, and Campaign staff about the opportunity for Sonoma County to be a national leader in climate protection.

April 2 Public Meeting for Sonoma County's Community Climate Action Plan a Success!

Read news coverage in the Press Democrat:

  • March 31: "Thinking locally about cliamte" - Close to Home editorial
  • April 3: "Turning energy goals into action" - Coverage of the April 2 public meeting
  • April 4: "Hot Choices" - Editorial


April 2 was a landmark day for the Climate Protection Campaign and Sonoma County as well over 200 people convened at the Finley Community Center to discuss development of our Community Climate Action Plan, the blueprint on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 25% below 1990 levels by 2015. Among the crowd were representatives from several Sonoma city and county government agencies, including Santa Rosa's Mayor, Bob Blanchard who spoke about the importance of local efforts to address climate change. The evening's MC, Marcy Smothers also spoke about Sonoma's precedent setting efforts and introduced Climate Protection staff members who explained the Plan's process and goals.

The theme of the evening was the importance of public will to the success of the Community Climate Action Plan and attendees broke into small discussion groups to generate ideas on how to engage the community in this critical effort. Suggestions included education and networking to inform, align and mobilize Sonoma's residents to do something locally that is so inspiring that it becomes a model for other communities around the globe.

The level of expectation and hope in the room was as high as was awareness of the importance of this effort. One attendee summed it up this way, "How much does your children's and your grandchildren's health mean to you and what can we do to allow them to have a healthy planet and a healthy future?"

Special thanks goes to Nana's Organic Apple Juice, Guayaki Yerbe Mate Tea, Green Mary and the City of Santa Rosa for helping to provide food, beverages and a comfortable facility for the event. Stayed tuned for updates about our progress developing the plan and announcements about other meetings and opportunities through which you can stay informed and engaged.





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