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-driven platform for collaboration in a decade of local climate action, community resilience planning, and social equity.
It involves every sector of a society working together to transition from a fossil fuel and Earth-destructive economy in 10 years. Starting today.
It involves the people who live in our communities, research institutions, farmers, financiers, and policy makers all working together towards our shared goals and necessary action.
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.
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.
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.
A Plan For Moving Forward
I propose that we update the Yolo County General Plan to be focused directly on making this transition in 10 years, with 5 year segments. I propose that we realign 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 protecting 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 general 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.
What are the stakes?
Climate scientists have given us roughly 10 years to get our act together, rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and implement large-scale carbon sequestration efforts. I believe we need to be generating 100% renewable energy by 2030 and be a carbon-neutral community by 2040, with much of that effort happening by 2030. The next decade must be a decade of climate regeneration and transition away from fossil fuels.
When our grandchildren ask us what we did in the midst of this climate crisis, what do we want to tell them? That the solutions were too hard, too idealistic, or too expensive?
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.
A goal for this campaign is to get every County Supervisor candidate and local officeholder to enthusiastically sign on and participate in a Local Green New Deal. Please talk to other candidates and let them know you care about these issues, and know that if you vote for me it will be a vote for action towards a clean, healthy future for Yolo County and our planet.
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.
Towards a regenerative future together 🌱