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Our ocean, land and atmosphere are interconnected, and climate change affects all three.
Thus in 2011, Supervisors John Leopold and Mark Stone proposed that the Board of Supervisors authorize development of a county climate action strategy, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and adapt our community to its impacts. The board is now working on guidelines to deal with sea level rise along our coastline.
The County has met the state’s 2020 goal of reducing emissions to 1990 levels, and is now working to reduce them to below 2009 levels by 2050. Supervisor Leopold’s district has an urban coastline, and the county will work to adapt infrastructure, restore wetlands, fight saltwater intrusion, and protect our ocean habitats such as kelp forests, which absorb carbon, provide habitat and dampen erosion.
Thank you, Supervisor Leopold, for your environmental leadership, including our county’s efforts to deal with climate change.
— Dan Haifley, Santa Cruz
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