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Hold That Hamburger!
Anthony Corso | Stratford Court

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This might be one of the exhortations of a recent book defining values and behaviors individuals need adopt to inhibit global warming and other potentially disastrous environmental events. The author, Chris Perlitz, argues that, with a few small lifestyle changes, individuals could have a substantial and positive impact upon the environment. For example- with apologies to carnivores and in support of vegetarians-- the energy required to produce a single hamburger, could drive a small hybrid car 20 miles and save 1500 gallons of water. There are numerous examples such as this, seemingly directed towards individuals who often ask, “What can I do?”

NEWS RELEASE- May 19, 2010

STRONG EVIDENCE ON CLIMATE CHANGE UNDERSCORES NEED FOR ACTIONS TO REDUCE EMISSONS AND BEGIN ADAPTING TO IMPACTS

Washington-- As a part of its most comprehensive study of climate change to date, the National Research Council today issued three reports emphasizing why the U.S. should act now to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop a national strategy to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. …Climate change is occurring and is caused in large part by human activities, and poses significant risks for—and in many cases is already affecting—a broad range of human and natural systems….An inclusive national policy framework is needed to ensure that all levels of government, the private sector, and millions of households and individuals are contributing to shared national goals….This is “Beyond Business as Usual”....

from the National Academies - ADVISORS TO THE NATION ON SCIENCE

Perlitz, like other observers, maintains that we have entered an era where developmental pressures on the natural world are unprecedented and threaten our current way of life--an observation reinforced by the San Diego Foundation’s recent and significant report, San Diego’s Global Climate.

The document provides what the authors refer to as “a serious wake-up call“ in terms of the disastrous impact climate change is expected to have (and is having) upon the San Diego Region and its cities, including Del Mar.

Specifically: In 2050, if current trends continue: San Diego’s climate will be hotter and dryer; Sea levels will be 12-18 inches higher; We will face a severe water shortage; Wildfires will be more frequent and intense; Public health will be at risk, especially among our elderly and children; Native plants and animal species will be lost forever; We will not be able to meet our energy needs.

In brief, the essence of life in San Diego as we know it and enjoy it will die out!!
At the Council Meeting of May 17th Councilman Don Mosier reviewed the report with fellow council members. In introducing the report, he exclaimed that he is embarrassed that Del Mar is falling behind the curve in responding to problems associated with global warming. “The City needs to define and adopt strategies for making Del Mar “Greener.” Futhermore, “neighboring cities are way ahead of us.”

ther council members agreed commenting: “We need to play catch-up.” “We have been remiss as a Council and Staff in not taking action addressed to global warming.” “We need to be more aggressive and stop nibbling around the edges on energy issues.”

With discussion a few recommendations were offered. However, each of them seemed prefaced with an acknowledgement that forceful and meaningful actions are inhibited by Del Mar’s budgetary constraints—its lack of money!

For this reason the Council suggested that global warming and it’s potentially disastrous effects be given a higher priority at budget time, that the Finance Committee be asked to work closely with the Energy Issues Advisory Committee in determining effective strategies that might be adopted to impede global warming and that local citizens be urged to assist in such efforts.

 

 
 

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