What is a Climate Action Plan?

What is a Climate Action Plan?

The Fallbrook Climate Action Team advocates that San Diego County adopt a well rounded Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop natural methods to absorb greenhouse gasses.

Clean Energy: San Diego County can already supply all its energy needs using only rooftop solar and wind power.  Combine these programs to supply 100% of our energy needs by 2035 as other California cities and Counties are already committing to do.  Develop a Community Choice Energy program that supplies clean energy throughout unincorporated San Diego County.

Transportation:  Expand convenient bus service linked to train schedules, safe bike paths along roads, community design that encourages walking.  Combine these to reduce automobile travel by 50%.

Trees:   Planting of new forests can help mitigate against climate change by removing CO2 from the atmosphere via the process of photosynthesis.  Plant 35% more trees throughout San Diego County to absorb greenhouse gases.

Zero Waste: Recycling and reducing the waste that goes to landfills to rot will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  There are many strategies for recycling and composting, and reducing the manufacture of petroleum products that are not really needed (i.e. straws).

Legislative Activity: Fallbrook Action Team members attend local meetings to observe & listen to discussions that may have an impact on climate change.

Fallbrook Public Utility District potentially has authority to make significant decisions affecting the environment & climate change.  They manage a large solar farm for water reclamation that could be expanded to provide more electricity to the community.

Fallbrook Community Planning Group hears about future projects and advises the County on what the Community desires.

Fallbrook School Boards should be considering impacts on climate change in their many decisions and rulings.

Fallbrook Regional Health District:  Climate Change is affecting Public Health.  Hot days make it unsafe to work outside, pathogens like COVID thrive and are passed at large gatherings.   The Regional Heath District should at least recognize these problems.
North County Fire Protection District: 
The Fire district recently (July 2023) took a good step by adopting a minimal Climate Change Policy that formalizes a policy requiring the district to take Climate Change into consideration for all facility planning (i.e. landscaping, recycling, electric vehicles, etc.), but it does not yet address the much wider problem of increasing fire risk, and increasing demands on its ambulance service.

San Diego County Planning Commission 
The Fallbrook Climate Action Team watches the agenda of the powerful Planning Commission.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors  These are the most powerful 5 people in the County.  Recently, the County created San Diego Community Power     to provide sustainable energy to unincorporated San Diego County (like Fallbrook).  This program is still in its infancy.