Tucson pushes toward climate action goal


TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) — Tucson is continuing its efforts to combat climate change with the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Next week, the city of Tucson will announce the consulting firm that will lead the decade-long climate action plan.

“It’s an ambitious goal to become carbon neutral by 2030 given that it’s 2022,” said Kathy Jacobs, director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions.

Jacobs is a climate change expert at the University of Arizona and has worked closely with the city.

“Most of the energy the city of Tucson uses comes from fossil sources, so that’s one component,” she said. “Another looks at transportation and how quickly we can transition to electric vehicles.”

Many Tucson residents are on board. A municipal survey found that about 71% of respondents strongly support investing in electric vehicle infrastructure and the more widespread use of electric vehicles.

“We need to get to a place where you can do fast charging in multiple parts of the city relatively easily and cheaply if we want people to switch to electric vehicles entirely,” she said.

Time is running out as researchers say the impacts of climate change will only get worse.

“By 2050, the United States government just released a report that shows we’ll have another foot of sea level rise locked in based on what we’ve done to the atmosphere now,” he said. said Ladd Keith, assistant professor of planning. at the University of Arizona.

Keith is a researcher in urban planning and climate change. He said tackling the climate crisis is possible, but it will take a community effort.

“We need to make sure the most vulnerable in our community are taken care of when we tackle climate change, but we’re also an innovative community and we have a thriving economy,” he said. “We can do both of those things at the same time, but we have to make sure everyone is at the table.”

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