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Public comment period opens for Draft California Climate Adaptation Strategy

From a California Natural Resources Agency and Governor’s Office of Planning and Research news release

The climate crisis is here. In the last decade, Californians have endured severe droughts, historic wildfires and floods, rising seas, and record temperatures. Californians now see, feel, and breathe what scientists have been explaining for decades: greenhouse gas pollution is warming our planet and generating threats to life on earth.

The Newsom Administration is updating California’s Climate Adaptation Strategy this year, as required by the Legislature every three years. The 2021 update is designed to deliver a coordinated strategy that outlines the state’s key climate resilience priorities, includes specific and measurable outcomes, and serves as a framework for action across sectors and regions in California. We took a new approach to the 2021 Strategy, designing it to drive urgent, collective action and enable our communities, economy, and environment to continue to thrive in a changing climate. To learn more about this approach, including how we are using the 2021 update to close a critical gap on addressing extreme heat, read the press release and visit the Strategy Update webpage

We are excited to announce that a draft of the 2021 Climate Adaptation Strategy is available for public comment for 30 days, beginning October 18 through November 17. We will kick off this important phase of the Strategy update with a webinar on October 22 from 11am – 12pm to walk through the draft Strategy, followed by three public comment workshops and two tribal listening sessions (schedule tbd). Please join us for the webinar by registering at the link below! 

In June, we held 10 regional virtual workshops throughout the state to ensure the state’s Strategy reflects and reinforces regional priorities; draws connections among our collective efforts; and serves as a useful resource for all Californians. Background information, workshop summaries and input can now be accessed on the Strategy Update webpage
Comments and questions may be submitted by emailing the state’s coordination team (California Natural Resources Agency and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research) at icarp@opr.ca.gov, or by mail: California Natural Resources Agency, 715 P Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. The deadline to submit comments is November 17. 

Webinar — Friday, October 22, 11am-12pm | Register in advance | This webinar will provide an overview of the Administration’s draft Strategy and information on the forthcoming public workshops.  
Public Comment Workshops — TBD Week of October 25th, 4 – 6 PM | Updates & registration links will be posted on the strategy website

Tribal Listening Sessions TBD Week of November 1 | Updates & registration links will be posted on the strategy website

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