|"climate change is related|
to the growing extinction risk"
|Pinot in Peril:|
Our Pinot Noir vineyards are at risk
They will likely be grafted over
to warmer climate grapes
See previous notes on the original January agenda:
- "Council Goals and Strategic Plan: Slow-walking on Climate"
- "Council Goals and Strategic Plan, part 2"
|This is not inspiring and looks weak|
The text as written suggests way too much effort going to
reviewing and documenting the City's actions - projects, practices, programs, and plans - established over the past decade aimed at mitigating the effects of climate change.Does that really even matter? Whatever it is we've been doing has been wildly unsuccessful. Normally that documentation would be valuable, but as I read this it is instead part of framing climate action as a messaging and PR problem, asserting that the City's already doing lots and the problem is that the citizens don't understand this and are unfairly criticizing the City. On this interpretation, the City just needs to get the message out that they are already aggressively acting.
It also stresses "mitigating the effects of climate change" rather than reducing emissions.
This is a trend for accommodation rather than emissions reduction.
|We have to grapple with this 53% from cars|
But this seems all wrong.
I do not read this Staff Report as setting the table for a strong Climate Action Plan.
Our 350.org group disagrees somewhat:
350 Salem OR is requesting that a Salem Climate Action Plan be completed in the FY 2021 fiscal year....[A] staff recommendation that funding be requested for "developing a climate action plan" in FY 2021...would satisfy our request. The "scope" is already defined in the Salem Strategic Plan (2017) as being a "community-wide environmental strategy" that "prioritizes reductions of greenhouse gas emissions." The Strategic Plan also speaks to making a "measurable impact" and to "emphasiz[ing] equity in terms of access to resources to help all members of our community reduce their individual impact." 350 Salem OR will certainly insist on this broad scope that was adopted in the Strategic Plan in 2017. We like the Climate Action Plan developed by the City of Milwaukie and have advocated that it be used as a model for Salem's plan.They may have a better reading of it all. It is hard to say, and it is not wise to be too dogmatic about things.
Still, the language in the Staff Report is bland and dull rather than urgent and assertive, and this bears watching.
For notes on the other bits, again see "Council Goals and Strategic Plan, part 2."
|There's an update|
Its recommendations have been strengthened, though the body of the piece does not seem to have been revised. The "Climate Actions Audit report (shown below)" does not seem to have been included, and is not in fact shown below. So I'm not sure what that means. The analysis and recommendations here still do not seem to be fully considered and integrated into a coherent perspective. (Update: See addendum below for a few notes on the Audit, which is published now.)
There is room still for a much stronger approach to a Climate Action Plan.
|Coalition for Urban Transitions (red comment added)|
h/t City Observatory and our 350.org group
A reader sent along an internal City memo, and it appears to confirm that the City is approaching the problem mainly as a messaging and PR action.
|"Salem community is mostly unaware of the overall progress"|
- More than anything, it would be focused on the "municipal corporation" that is the City of Salem, and not on wider actions and benchmarks about all activity conducted by Salem residents or other people and entities inside the city limits. (It may be useful going forward to conform to the usage of "municipal corporation" for the City of Salem itself and "the city" for the wider community.)
- We continue to talk about marginal improvements to walking, biking, and busing, but nothing about the primary action to curb driving and emissions from driving. It's all carrot and no stick.
- Language in the memos about the Transportation System Plan consistently treats aspirational and guiding language as action accomplished. We have all kinds of juicy language about reducing reliance on the single occupant vehicle. But we have done very little to alter that reliance in measurable ways. We are all talk, no action; all hat, no cattle. It's time to ditch the virtue-signalling in climate action and to have measurable goals, actual measurement on those goals, and decision trees with associated, ratcheting actions for when we fail to meet those goals and intermediate milestones.
|Oregon Global Warming Commission 2018 biennial report|
to the 2019 Legislature (yellow highlighter added)
Addendum 3, February 15th
The City's published the audit finally, and it is Pollyanna-ish. In tone it nearly assumes changes in language and policy have achieved the desired affect already. We've legalized ADUs! We're done. Never mind that the number of them can be counted on one's fingers and toes. Look at our Safer Crossings Program! We're done. Never mind that the number of walking and biking trips remains flat. Measurement, proportion, and scale are consistently minimized, and the performance of policy and procedure stressed instead.
I am not persuaded it seriously grapples with the nature and scope of the problem, and the nature and scope of necessary corrective action.
|The audit summary - we're 26% done!|
|Badly understates that we are "not on track"|
|This is more procedural, more about policy than|
actually about reducing emissions and driving
|In "completed actions" we misunderstand scale:|
ADUs round to zero, bike trips still at around 1%.
What is the efficacy of these completed actions?