Contra Costa Declares Climate Emergency

Contra Costa County supervisors approved a Declaration of Climate Emergency on September 22 which calls for increased efforts to combat climate change, Public CEO reports.

The resolution is a product of the county’s Sustainability Commission. It champions “a unified Countywide voice around climate change" and urges increased pressure on state and federal authorities "to address the economic, social, public health, and national security threats posed by the climate crisis.”

As part of the effort, the county aims to establish a task force that would help develop a countywide Climate Action Plan.

Contra Costa’s resolution was approved in the midst of an unprecedented wildfire season, largely driven by climate change. Cal Fire said Sunday firefighters are battling at least 25 major wildfires across the state.