My name is David Abramson and I am running for Yolo County Supervisor – District 4 to bring a Local Green New Deal to Yolo County.
I am running because it is time for a change towards a brighter future that activates our entire County towards an age of regeneration. It is time to hear the calls of the youth for a healthy future, and spring into action.
What is a Local Green New Deal?
Our vision for a Local Green New Deal is a community-wide collaboration across all sectors of society to address the needs of people and the needs of our planet.
It is a full-scale mobilization to transition from an infrastructure and economic system that is killing our planet and furthering already vast inequality and collective debt. It is a mobilization to transition to a life-sustaining, healthful, abundant, and equitable Yolo County.
It is a plan to make that transition within a decade, starting today.
It involves and empowers collaboration across every sector of a society, including people who live in our communities, research institutions, farmers, financiers, political officeholders, policy makers, laborers, engineers, designers.
It involves aligning our economies with clean water, clean air, healthy soil, equity & human rights, and ensuring a livable future for the next generations.
It involves coming up with solutions that are effective, reach everybody, get to the root of the problem, and ensure representation from communities most vulnerable to climate impacts.
It involves making sure that you have ways to participate that are accessible to you.
A Local Green New Deal will not have to wait for politicians in Washington. Our Local Green New Deal platform identifies many areas we can address locally to build resilient, equitable, and ecological infrastructure. Many other pieces of the vision are coming together thanks to participation of many others.
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It’s Time to Take Action!
I believe we need a full-scale mobilization of our entire County and our four cities working together in action and collaboration to bring Yolo County into the forefront of a vision of an abundant, healthy, and vibrant community that we know is possible. We must start today.
While Yolo County is doing better than most places when it comes to addressing climate, we are still very much behind where we need to be and we are still heavily invested into the structures that are killing our planet.
Our political system has lagged 30+ years in addressing climate change. I believe it is time for change.
The solutions are already here. What we need now is a collective will to take action and support from our institutions.
Some Specific County-Level Implementations
I propose that we update the Yolo County General Plan, Strategic Plan, and Sustainability Plan to facilitate making this transition in 10 years time.
I propose that we re-evaluate our economic goals in the economic development section of the general plan to promote local, circular, and equitable economies that are in line with planetary health and protect vital natural resources like clean water, clean air, and healthy soil.
We currently don’t even have a target or a plan, or even a stated intention to make this happen in Yolo County. Sustainability is one of the 5 new areas of development in the Yolo County Strategic Plan, but it seems that it’s potentially conflicting with other areas of proposed development.
We have missed the mark, but there is still time to correct that. We need our leaders in elected office to understand what’s at stake and act accordingly.
It is all quite possible, and it is better to set the target near than to further delay action. Jim Provenza told me an anecdote of John F Kennedy declaring that we would go to the moon. The engineers said that they didn’t know how, but lo and behold. We humans are remarkably intelligent, inventive, and resilient when we have a shared focus.
What are the stakes?
When our grandchildren ask us what we did in the midst of these most challenging times, what do we want to tell them? That the solutions were too hard, too idealistic, or too expensive? That we had other priorities?
An Action You Can Take Right Now!
There is a working group within Yolo County that I am a part of (not connected to my campaign) that has drafted and submitted legislation for a Yolo County Climate Emergency Declaration and Mobilization. The Board of Supervisors will be voting on March 10 whether they want staff to assist in finalizing it for vote by the Board of
If you live in Yolo County, please sign the petition and consider calling or sending a personalized letter to your representative ?
Can we make it a reality?
As a nearly lifelong Yolo County resident, I know this is a place where visionary ideas can take root and that we have the resources to make them happen. Yolo County can be a model for ecological, equitable, and resilient community design.
I invite you to join me in creating this reality right here in our beloved Yolo County.
If you believe in our vision for a Local Green New Deal, I would be honored to have your vote for Yolo County Supervisor on March 3. But more importantly, I would be honored to have you participate in developing this vision as we do the work on the ground.