California Governor Brown has released a draft Safeguarding California Plan which outlines actions the state needs to take to be ready for the impacts of climate change. The draft plan examines nine different areas that are impacted by climate change: agriculture; biodiversity and habitat; emergency management; energy; forestry; ocean and coastal ecosystems and resources; public health; transportation; and water. In developing the plan, seven strategies were identified to be put into action that cross into the nine areas identified above. The seven strategies are:

The government must take into account the risks Californians face from climate change part of their activities.

  • Provide risk reduction measures for the state’s must vulnerable populations.
  • Identify funding sources for investments that reduce climate risks, human loss and disaster spending.
  • Support climate research and data tools to inform policy and risk reduction activities.
  • Maximize returns on investments by prioritizing projects that produce multiple benefits and promote sustainable stewardship of California’s resources.
  • Prioritize climate risk communication, education and outreach efforts.
  • Promote collaborative and iterative processes for crafting and refining climate risk management strategies.

The draft plan is an update to the 2009 California Climate Adaptation Strategy and it has the support of the key agencies in California. California Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross said, “There is wide consensus that we need to take action or some of our most valuable industries will suffer incalculable losses. As leaders, it is our duty to chart a better course for the future.” Louis Blumberg, director of the California Climate Change Initiative for the Nature Conservancy said, “This plan will help guide state agencies to consider escalating climate change impacts into their planning and projects.”