First Thing on Petaluma’s Agenda: Respond to the Climate Emergency – Mayor Barrett

The Drawdown Downtown at Petaluma’s Bank Hub – Join the Local Response to the Climate Emergency, February 13 at the Bank Hub

It requires some effort to miss the bad news about human-induced climate emergency we face completely. Whether it’s roads melting and “biblical-scale” mass animal deaths in the latest Australian heat wave; the news that the Greenland ice sheet continues to melt during winter now; or the study that shows the world’s oceans are warming at a rate 40% faster than we previously thought, which absolutely will mean more disastrous flooding and storms. It’s a lot of bad news to take in, and it keeps coming, day after day after day, the stories growing more alarming and more difficult to miss, or avoid.

But there is also the reality of a completely altered media landscape, since the 2016 election took place.

Perhaps the expression on the face of Australia’s Channel 9 forecaster face says it all

The for-profit corporate press which dominates the U.S. media gave Donald J. Trump nearly $5 billion worth of free airtime during the 2016 campaign, and they’ve held us hostage to their mutually beneficial embrace with our odious narcissist-in-chief ever since. Even those of us who thought ourselves so smart for avoiding the Reality TV Revolution entirely can no longer ignore the fact that Trump TV now is reality. There’s no escaping it and infinitely more crap and infotainment to wade through to find the news we actually need and can act upon.

Fortunately we have local media in Petaluma that sometimes asks the right questions at the right time, and now we are also host to a nascent climate action movement that aims to push for a broad, immediate local response to the global climate emergency.

New Petaluma Mayor Teresa Barrett was asked by co-host Jason Davies on the Friday, January 18, 2019 edition of the Inside Petaluma radio show (Fridays at 11 am on KPCA 103.3, Petaluma’s community radio station) what the single biggest issue facing the city council that’s just beginning its work was.

“I actually think the big issue is not just facing the council, but it’s facing all of us, and that is the climate issue, and I think that needs to be the bottom line of how we look at everything we’re doing.”

This was encouraging to hear from Barrett. It would have been very easy to focus upon any number of easier topics, but instead she focused upon the very real and urgent need to take climate action, particularly as it pertains to public transportation.

Elsewhere in Petaluma, the Sonoma County Pachamama Alliance (SCPA) has recently formed in order to kickstart an immediate conversation about what actions we can take to reverse global warming right now at the local level.

The SCPA invites you to dive into that urgent conversation at an Introduction to Drawdown, downtown at the Bank Hub, the old Seed Bank location at 199 Petaluma Blvd. North, in Petaluma, on Wednesday, February 13, 2018 from 6 – 9 pm.

“Drawdown” refers to that point in time when the concentration of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere begins to decline on a year-to-year basis.

This Introduction to Drawdown is a workshop that invited participants to recognize both the possibility of reversing global warming and the fact that they have an essential role to play in that process. We’ll learn about a comprehensive plan to reverse global warming from Project Drawdown – a scientific study that identified 100 solutions that, implemented together, can begin to roll back global warming by 2050.

We hope you’ll join us on February 13 as we discuss Drawdown and much more. Join us and take action. There remains time to reverse global warming, but we must take action immediately.  Please spread the word and let us know you’re coming if possible by emailing

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