Mobilization at this scale and speed requires dedicated focus. A management apparatus with the authority and accountability to drive progress is an initial step for any serious mobilization. The City by City approach: establish a Climate Emergency Department within a local government, and provide it the powers needed align the city towards getting the job done.The city of Los Angeles introduced a motion on January 17, 2018 to establish a Climate Emergency Department, the first of its kind in the nation. The department will be assigned the responsibility to drive LA’s mobilization. Inspired by their example, Montgomery County, Maryland’s climate mobilization coalition has demanded the formation of an Office of Climate Emergency Mobilization.
Any city can achieve the hugely ambitious goal of eliminating emissions in 10 years.
TCM’s example demonstration plans provide an imaginal framework for what city and county governments can achieve committed to mobilization by bringing into focus the level and speed of transformation necessary if we are to have any hope of restoring a safe climate for future generations.
These plans use proven effective policies and emerging technologies to outline a clear pathway for moving key sectors of a local economy toward zero fossil fuel consumption.They are just one urban mobilization strategy, they are not the only one, nor are they not intended to be finalized documents, ready for adoption by local governments, as they envision significant collaboration with city and county governments to determine local energy demand profiles and a robust community engagement and approval process.Download the draft plans here:
*Prepared at the request of the Sonoma Valley Climate Coalition, and officially endorsed by the Democratic Party of Sonoma County.