February meeting: Saving our coastal communities – and the world – from climate change

San Diego is in the crosshairs for flooding, extreme heat waves, fires and other damage wrought by climate change. The La Mesa-Foothills Democratic Club will hear from local experts on the issue at our next meeting, Wednesday evening, Feb. 5.

We have invited an array of local climate action advocates to educate our members:

Nicole Capretz, Founder and Director of the Climate Action CampaignDonna Frye, Former San Diego City Council Person and pioneering environmentalistJennifer Campbell, San Diego City Council Person and head of the Council’s Environment CommitteeRafael Castellanos, past chair and current board member of the Port of San Diego and candidate for the coast-hugging Supervisory District 1Tommy Hough, Founder of Democrats for Environment Action and Campaign Director of ReWild Mission Bay,and Moderator Brian Elliott, former chair of the Sierra Club’s Political Action Committee

The danger is dire. “A nationwide study of rising sea levels due to climate change predicts it will cost $984 million to protect low-lying parts of San Diego County over the next 20 years. The report, released [in June] by the Washington, DC-based Center for Climate Integrity, predicts coastal communities in the lower 48 states face more than $400 billion in costs over the next 20 years,” according to the Times of San Diego.

Says San Diego Council Member Chris Ward: “All the reports say we are in for more extreme conditions. Extreme heat waves. Longer fire seasons. Crippling droughts. More frequent flooding. It’s a terrifying future to think about. We need bold and progressive solutions to help fight the climate crisis. The future of our children depend on it.”

With a month to go before the March California Primary, climate change is a critical issue. Elections have consequences, and the people we place in higher office can either further our climate action goals and help stem the dire consequences of fossil fuel extraction and production, or send us on an never-ending spiral of climate caused disasters.

We’ll discuss the issue at our next monthly meeting, at the usual time and place – first Wednesday of the month, Feb. 5 at 7 pm at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. Join us at 6:30 pm for snacks and to meet your fellow Democrats and neighbors.

Our large and active club represents the communities of San Carlos, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, La Mesa, College Area, Santee, Mt. Helix, Casa de Oro, Spring Valley and other close by areas. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at the spacious and newly refurbished La Mesa Community Center. Our social time begins at 6:30 PM with snacks, salads, desserts and beverages provided by the club membership. The business meeting starts promptly at 7 PM. We are starting our 2020 dues campaign with annual memberships starting at $35.

Jeff Benesch, VP of Programming

Tina Rynberg, President

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