MARINA — With the effects of climate change becoming more apparent each year, Monterey County officials are seeking public input to help draft the county’s climate action plan.
The county will host an in-person community workshop to hear public input Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at the Marina Library, 190 Seaside Circle in Marina. Ashley Paulsworth, Monterey County’s sustainability program manager, said the climate action plan is an integral part of the county’s overall plan.
“He looks to the future to tell us how we, as a county, will reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with state goals,” she said. “The state goals we envision in this plan are to reduce our emissions by 40% by 2030.”
The oversight board voted in 2020 to create the plan, aiming for it to be completed by the end of 2022. According to Paulsworth, work on the plan began last year and officials are in the process of developing it. develop strategies to reduce emissions throughout the year. county.
“What we will be discussing at the community workshop is not just the plan itself and what we have done so far, but also the strategies that are in the plan,” she said. . “We will be unveiling our online platform which houses all the strategies in it so that everyone can go ahead and take a look.”
Paulsworth said officials conducted an inventory of emissions sources as well as emissions sinks. She explained that a carbon sink is something that stores carbon such as soil, vegetation or natural landscapes that extract carbon from the air.
“People always think about sources of emissions, which is really large and usually comes from the burning of fossil fuels, but there are also emissions sinks that are really quite large in Monterey County,” said- she declared. “We have quite a bit of natural and working land here in Monterey County, so it was important for us to look at carbon sinks.”
In addition to the discussion on mitigating carbon emissions, officials will also discuss adaptation to climate change.
“People who are concerned about things like drought or wildfires and flooding and the strategies associated with that, this would be a great place to come and learn and talk about what can be done,” Paulsworth said. “This is a climate action and adaptation plan, so it will have elements associated with adaptation in addition to mitigation.”
The workshop will include presentations, two small group activities, a presentation by local company Monterey Bay Eco Tours, and a poem read by Lyvesha Franklin.