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2050 is Calling: Local Scientists, Leaders Collaborate on Climate Change Report

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bridging the debate and often-cited challenges between policy makers, business leaders, environmentalists and climate scientists, Climate Education Partners and its partner organization, the San Diego Foundation, have released a first-of-its-kind report, “San Diego, 2050 Is Calling. How Will We Answer?” connecting the work of local scientists with regional leaders working hand-in-hand on efforts to manage the impacts from the region’s changing climate.

Rather than the “doom and gloom” often advanced by climate change experts, the report provides a practical, solutions-oriented approach to the issue. It balances up-to-date local climate science with thoughts and perspectives from leaders across a wide diversity of communities and sectors, including health care, fire preparedness and public safety, water, transportation and the economy. It marks a major shift in strategies because it joins forces between science and public  and private policymakers, rather than creating battles of opinions  over science and appropriate action.

The report includes science-based information related to the impacts of climate change affecting the San Diego region linked with a wide range of practical opportunities for local leaders to explore. Notable civic leaders contributing to the report include San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer; Todd Gloria, president of the San Diego City Council, Maureen Stapleton, general manager of the San Diego County Water Authority and Jerry Sanders, CEO and president of the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Led by USD marine scientist Michel Boudrias, PhD, Climate Education Partners is one of only six National Science Foundation-funded projects dedicated to exploring new ways to communicate climate change science to diverse audiences. The partnership includes scientists and educators from USD, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD, social and behavioral psychologists from California State University, San Marcos, strategic community planners from The San Diego Foundation and strategic communication experts from The Steve Alexander Group.

Go to www.sandiego.edu/2050 to read the full report.

— Inside USD staff

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