The Town Council has declared that we should come together and find ways to drive our collective greenhouse gas emissions to zero, over the next ten years.
I am writing this as the chair of the Town's Climate Action Committee; the group charged by the Town Council with helping to develop strategies that can get us there.
Obviously, changing our collective way of life, dependent as it is on the addictive opiod of fossil fuels, will be difficult. But, it can be done, and if ever there were one community of people who could come together to make it happen, it is Fairfax.
The CAC is working, now, on an update of our Climate Action Plan. We want to do this in a way that involves as many people from our community as we can. Ours is not an easy task, and it is going to take us all - working, thinking, brainstorming, debating - to find the right path forward. As a CAC we have a great team of volunteers who have been working to create drafts of what we can do, based on our successes to date, and thinking about what other Towns are doing, and what the state and country are doing (or not doing).
We are considering creating a series of Virtual "Town Halls" to bring us all together to talk about the challenges, and to brainstorm ways we can remind the rest of Marin, the rest of California, the rest of the world, who we are, and what we are capable of.
We are living through a kind of plague time, so we will have to do this with some kind of virtual, zoom conversation. I am trying to figure out how large a Zoom event we would need to prepare for, so please give us feedback on your interest to participate in something like this. Would you prefer one meeting with virtual break-out rooms, each focused on different topics? One long meeting that talked through different topics? Several short meetings, weekly, maybe, each focused on a different topic?
Please give us feedback, so we can plan appropriate logistics. This is a critical issue, and the efforts to deal with it will affect every one of us. And so, we believe strongly that we need to bring us all together to listen to one another and to find the best path forward. So, send us your thoughts.
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