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CC Resolution 14310 (Climate Change Inheritance Protection)RESOLUTION NO. 14310 RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN RAFAEL EXPRESSING A COMMITMENT TO PROTECT FUTURE GENERATIONS FROM THE RISKS OF CLIMATE CHANGE WHEREAS, 195 countries, including the United States and every country that is a member of the United Nations, reached an agreement in Paris, France on December 12, 2015, that recognizes the greatest burden resulting from an inadequate response to the climate crisis will be carried by future generations; and WHEREAS, the risks from an inadequate response are potentially devastating, and include economic and environmental disruptions, many of which are already being felt globally including more severe storms, longer and hotter heat waves, worsening flood and drought cycles, growing invasive species and insect problems, accelerated species extinction rates, increased wildfires, a dramatic increase in refugees from climate impacted lands, increased asthma cases, and sea level rise, which could inundate some heavily populated areas, roadways, and thoroughfares in Marin; and WHEREAS, leading climate scientists have indicated that further delay in significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions will rapidly push humanity past the point where disastrous consequences can be avoided; and WHEREAS, numerous governmental and non-governmental bodies across the nation and the world, including the City of San Rafael, have already adopted climate action plans to immediately and rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also stopping them entirely within 25 years; and WHEREAS, the youth of San Rafael have brought the San Rafael City Council a Youth Climate Report Card highlighting the successes the City is currently achieving, areas for improvement, and further actions that would be necessary to protect our future; and WHEREAS, the youth of San Rafael have indicated a willingness to work with the City of San Rafael on such actions. NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN RAFAEL DOES RESOLVE, DETERMINE AND ORDER AS FOLLOWS: that San Rafael City Council commits to working constructively, using ingenuity, innovation, and determination to update the current Climate Change Action Plan in order to protect our community and future generations from the risk of climate destruction. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: that a mechanism will be created for the ongoing inclusion of young people in the process of creating and executing climate related policies and actions. I, Esther C. Beirne, Clerk of the City of San Rafael, hereby certify that the foregoing Resolution was duly and regularly introduced and adopted at a regular meeting of the City Council of the City of San Rafael, held on Monday, April 17, 2017, by the following vote, to wit: AYES: Councilmembers: Bushey, Colin, Gamblin, McCullough & Mayor Phillips NOES: Councilmembers: None /G1:1•92101�0?07iT�11P iL-'i1: X01106 � er— ^ #Z --w - ESTHER C. BEIRNE, City Clerk