A Real Solution to Wildfires & Global Warming


A Real Solution to Wildfires & Global Warming

Recent wildfires that destroyed homes at Lake Nacimiento and Big Sur and threatened iconic Hearst Castle have scared us all. Coupled with the state’s severe drought, these events demonstrate the one-two punch of climate change. But that’s only part of the bad news.

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, wildfires in the western U.S. have increased in frequency and duration since the mid-1980s. The statistics are ominous: fires now occur nearly four times more often and burn more than six times the land area. Wildfire seasons are projected to grow from seven months to all year long in the southwest. Scientists also believe that climate change is a “major factor” in this increase.

Fortunately, a non-partisan, nonprofit, international organization Citizens’ Climate Lobby has a bold new answer to our global dilemma. Launched in the U.S. in 2007, the sole mission of Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL) is to create the political will for a livable planet. The scientific community tells us that to maintain a livable planet we must significantly lower global carbon emissions.

Support for Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s efforts comes from economists, scientists, business leaders, faith leaders and editorial boards across the political spectrum. One such person is George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Reagan, who said: “I support what Citizens’ Climate Lobby is doing and their Carbon Fee and Dividend Solution.”

To acquaint the general public with Citizens’ Climate Lobby and our revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend program, Sharon Rippner, co-founder of the CCL San Luis Obispo Chapter, will give a free PowerPoint presentation on Sept. 24 at 2pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2201 Lawton Avenue. Rippner will explain the concepts, field questions, and hopefully sign up new volunteers.

As James Hansen, climate scientist and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies states: “If you want to join the fight to save the planet, there is no more effective step you could take than becoming an active member of CCL.”