This bill would require the State Coastal Conservancy to develop and implement a coastal climate adaptation, infrastructure, and readiness program designed to, among other things, improve the climate change resiliency of the state’s coastal communities, infrastructure, and habitat, as prescribed, and host an international conference on coastal climate change not less than once every 2 years.
One third of California’s over 800 miles of coastline are state parks. California’s beaches are beloved by residents and out of state tourists alike. The need to address climate change is clear. The impacts are immense, ranging from increaseing temperatures, wildfires are increasingly more common and destructive, worsening drought conditions, and poor air quality impacts all our communities, sea level rises, loss of snowpack melt, extreme weather, continued drought, increased fire risk and damage, coastal erosion, and more. Now is the time to make investments in our coastal areas to ensure the challenges of climate change can be addressed. Addressing climate change and investing in solutions is needed to ensure that California’s environment is preserved for future generations and that are open spaces and public lands are available and welcoming to future vistiors.