Adapting to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay Region - Oct. 7th, 2008
On Tuesday, October 7, the BC3 hosted a seminar titled "Adapting to Climate Change in the San Francisco Bay Region." The event, which took place in the offices of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), was introduced by Allison Quaid of Creative Eco-Catalyst and led by BCDC Executive Director Will Travis. Travis presented a humorous, detailed and informative PowerPoint presentation on the history of the Bay, the effects of climate change on the area and steps the BCDC and its partners are taking to prepare for rising ocean levels. Travis emphasized the need for a forward-looking plan that involves all local governments, conservation organizations and business coalitions, and confronts the problem by using a "conservation through development" method. “We can't return the Bay to its original state,” Travis argued. “Nor do we necessarily want to, given how much valuable real estate now sits on infill and below sea level. We must work to preserve and extend coastal wetlands as a buffer for storm surges and rising sea levels, and consider carefully how and where we construct new homes and businesses.” Ultimately, Travis advised "getting on Nature's team--because Nature always wins." The seminar was well attended by BC3 members and the local community, who found the discussion both motivational and action-oriented.