SA Climate Ready Plan Excerpts
San Antonio is the 7th most populous city in the U.S. and the 2nd most populous city in Texas. It was also one of the fastest growing large cities in the country in the past ten years. While population growth is a benefit to our city’s vibrant culture and economic development, it can strain the resources available to ensure each resident lives a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To ensure that we thrive as we grow, the City of San Antonio is evaluating long-term strategies for climate action.
San Antonio is already feeling the impacts of climate change: wildfires, powerful storms, and intense heat are becoming more common. Climate projections show that our future will be even hotter and drier. By 2040, summer maximum temperatures will be 4°F higher on average than they are today—and annually, we will experience 24 more days over 100°F and receive 3” less rain.
Without a plan to reduce our emissions and prepare our city for these impacts, our city—and our people—are at risk. Climate change threatens our health, our financial stability, our transportation systems, and our well being.
But San Antonio is rising to the challenge of climate change by developing a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP). Rather than waiting for politicians in Washington to act on this issue, we are working to ensure that San Antonio remains a vibrant, thriving city for generations to come. We are forging our own path to becoming climate ready.
On June 22, 2017, San Antonio City Council passed a resolution in support of the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda, a commitment by over 400 U.S. cities to uphold the goals of the Paris Climate Accord. At the formal mayoral signing ceremony, CPS Energy, the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and the City of San Antonio expressed their shared commitment to a CAAP. In collaboration with the consulting firm Navigant, these key partners are leading the SA Climate Ready initiative.
SA Climate Ready involves a diverse coalition of ninety-one community leaders representing business and industry, school districts, higher education institutions, neighborhood associations, the military, chambers of commerce, the transit and housing authorities, public utilities, trade associations, and environmental nonprofit groups. These local experts have committed to advising the SA Climate Ready team on strategies for reducing San Antonio’s greenhouse gas emissions and adapting the city to the effects of climate change. They serve on a steering committee as well as five technical working groups focusing on climate equity, transportation and land use, energy and buildings, water and natural resources, and solid waste resources.
In addition to input from these local experts, SA Climate Ready’s success depends on residents like you. Already, hundreds of your neighbors have joined us at events across the city to share their visions and priorities for a climate-ready San Antonio. Take our survey to add your voice to SA Climate Ready.
Help us build San Antonio’s climate solutions.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Citations — Factory Farming Awareness Coalition
Great resource links between diet and climate change
San Antonio Vegfest Call to Action
To San Antonio City Manager, Erik Walsh; Mayor Ron Nirenberg, and members of the City Council:
Whereas, the quality of our environment is a priority for the City of San Antonio; and
a whole food, plant-based diet reduces our risk of various ailments, including heart disease, high-blood pressure, stroke, various cancers, and diabetes; and
the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide; and
an estimated 1800 to 2500 gallons of water go into producing a single pound of beef; and
studies have shown that plant-based foods use fewer resources and cause less pollution; and
destruction of wild areas contributes to the heat-island effect in our city and destroys essential wildlife habitat; and
a rapidly growing number of people are reducing their meat consumption to protect their health, the environment, as well as to help prevent animal cruelty,
We the undersigned visitors and residents of San Antonio, Texas call for city leaders to take action by including a plant-based diet as part of its Climate Action Plan; encouraging the availability of more vegetarian and vegan options at city functions and events like Fiesta. Green space corridors are vital; the city has the power to purchase undeveloped land in San Antonio for the purpose of retaining it as wild area. We feel the move towards a plant-based diet with less meat will be an integral part of the goals set forth in the climate stabilization efforts by the city. Whereas the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that the meat industry generates nearly one-fifth of the man-made greenhouse gas emissions that are accelerating climate change worldwide! Plant-based foods use fewer resources and cause less pollution; and destruction of wild areas contributes to the heat-island effect in our city and destroys essential wildlife habitat.
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Mayor/About/Contact?sendto=Mayor How to contact Mayor Nirenberg
https://www.sanantonio.gov/Council/Find-My-Council-Member How to contact your SA city council representative
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