The 2018 findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warn humanity with great urgency:
we must slash greenhouse gas emissions in half globally by 2030, achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and
negative emissions thereafter. Failure to do so will cause catastrophic and irreversible consequences, with
working class communities of color (“communities of concern”) poised to suffer disproportionately. Our
communities cannot afford to wait for federal action; San Diego can and must lead efforts to achieve a livable
future in a way that creates good jobs and more just communities. The Alliance is committed to pursuing
progressive revenue streams to achieve this vision.
A San Diego region that achieves zero carbon by 2035 through a fair and just transition for workers and
communities of concern, the creation of good family-sustaining union jobs, and the development of affordable,
equitable, and inclusive communities powered by 100% clean, renewable energy.
Advance environmental and social justice: Ensure everyone enjoys clean air and water, healthcare, culturally
appropriate food, housing, and the resources to not just survive, but to thrive. Support reparations for
indigeneous and Black communities. Work to understand and mitigate harmful impacts of a transition to a zero
carbon future on communities of concern and our interdependence with others outside of our region.
Advance transformative engagement of our communities: Ensure meaningful participation and leadership from
communities of concern in the transition to zero carbon. Promote climate education.
Ensure a just transition for workers: Advance the creation of good, family-sustaining union jobs by increasing
workers’ earning power, guaranteeing collective bargaining, requiring prevailing wages, and incentivizing
worker-directed enterprises, all while supporting workplace development in communities of concern. Provide a
just transition to workers impacted by a transitioning economy by providing severance packages, a climate job
guarantee, wage and benefit parity, retirement security, free education, and family healthcare.
Achieve 100% clean, renewable energy by 2035: Re-envision energy usage and infrastructure in the San Diego
region through the promotion of energy efficiency and the democratization of energy systems, i.e. Community
Choice Energy, community and rooftop solar, and microgrids.
Promote sustainable communities, housing, and transit: Create affordable and inclusive bikeable, walkable,
transit-friendly communities that are connected to schools, jobs, shopping, and parks, while actively working to
prevent displacement. Build a world-class regional transit system that is free to youth and rivals travel by car. End
policies that incentivize vehicle use. Plant and maintain a robust urban forest.
Transform our relationship with natural resources and the environment: Protect and restore wildlife habitats
and ecosystems in the interest of advancing the health and wellbeing of native species and our communities.
Achieve sustainable and regenerative food systems. Learn and amplify the knowledge of indigenous
communities in regenerative practices.
Adapt to a changing climate: Prioritize investments in adaptation infrastructure and public facilities such as
shade structures and cooling centers in communities of concern. Support equitable and science-based efforts to
plan relocation from the coastline as sea levels rise. Provide housing and support to climate refugees.
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