Winter 2019

A Climate Change Goals open house will be held Thursday, January 17, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in the Brackett Room of Edmonds City Hall (3rd floor), 121 Fifth Avenue N. 

The open house will have displays and other information on view for the public. At 7:00 pm, the City will give a presentation about key climate findings and possible next steps.

Studies show that climate warming is greatly increased by greenhouse gas emissions. If climate change is held to only a 2˚ C. maximum increase by 2100, that still means huge impacts, here and globally. For example, according to a recent study, ocean acidity would increase by 24%. Even meeting the 2˚ goal will be difficult if trends don’t change dramatically.

The City began a Climate Goals project last year, based on a resolution adopted by the City Council. The project includes developing a greenhouse gas inventory for Edmonds, identifying targets for reducing greenhouse gases, and proposing ways to meet the targets. The biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions is the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, gasoline, and natural gas.

Mayor Dave Earling has noted that Edmonds cannot bend climate trends by itself. “But we can make a difference. And if other cities in the U.S. do the same, we will help save our world’s environment and reduce human suffering that would otherwise occur.”

A consultant team is helping with the project, aided by elected officials, City staff, and the citizen-based Climate Protection Committee. More detailed project information will soon be posted on the City’s website. 

This is not the City’s first work on climate change issues. In 2010, the City adopted a Climate Action Plan. Other approaches included the New Energy Cities Action Plan in 2011, and various activities, such as the “Taming Bigfoot” community exercise last year.Grnhs.Effect