"When you look at your planet from space, it's beautiful, fragile, and there's this little thin layer all the way around: our atmosphere. And that's the only thing that protects us from the really bad vacuum in outer space. This little fragile layer, the atmosphere, is part of our life support system.
We need to be really careful with it."
-- Mary Cleave
Along with most credible climate scientists, Councilmember Koretz firmly believes that we as an international community have less than ten years to turn our greenhouse gas emissions around or else we will be headed toward uncontrolled climate disruption.
One degree Celsius of planetary warming is already causing or exacerbating extreme weather events resulting in widespread flooding, droughts, winds, and wildfires as well as record-breaking heat and cold. These events have already caused billions of dollars in property damage and the tragic deaths of hundreds of thousands if not millions. We do not want to know what two degrees or more will cause.
Councilmember Koretz also believes that, working together, we can still turn things around and, in the process, create well-paying green jobs, increase health and social equity across the City by cleaning up the air in all our communities, and reimagine our relationship with the Earth, which is our only home.
Councilmember Koretz has introduced a slate of climate emission-reduction motions to the City Council and is sponsoring a number of community-based projects intended to bolster the vital grassroots effort to increase energy and water conservation on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood, house-by-house, business-by-business basis.
As both California and Los Angeles are being held high as leaders in the climate fight, Councilmember Koretz’s ultimate goal is to create and improve model emission reduction and climate resilience programs that can then be spread around the country and around the world for all to use.
In January 2019, Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz and CA Senator Henry Stern hosted a Climate Emergency Solidarity tour with San Juan, Puerto Rico, Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz along with CA Senator Susan Rubio and elected officials from Malibu, Agoura Hills and Calabasas. In addition, climate experts and advocates were on hand to provide expertise and insight. Click here for video