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FOREWARD
Powerful climate change perspectives from influential contributions to the creation of the California Climate Resources Guide
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GAVIN NEWSOM

Governor of California

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“I say this lovingly — not as an ideologue, but as someone who prides himself on being open to argument, interested in evidence — but I quite literally have no patience for climate change deniers, It's completely inconsistent, that point of view, with the reality on the ground, the facts as we are experiencing. You may not believe it intellectually, but your own eyes, your own experiences tell a different story."

"All these things are connected. This is a challenging time, But we're up to this challenge, and we are committed and resolved, not only to deal with this situationally but to sustainably address these issues across the spectrum from energy to the issues of wildfires."

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ANTONIO GUTERRES

United Nations Secretary-General

“This has been an unprecedented year for people and planet, The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted lives worldwide. At the same time, the heating of our planet and climate disruption has continued apace. Never before has it been so clear that we need long-term, inclusive, clean transitions to tackle the climate crisis and achieve sustainable development. We must turn the recovery from the pandemic into a real opportunity to build a better future. We need science, solidarity and solutions.”

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SERGIO FERNANDEZ DE CORDOVA

Chairman PVBLIC Foundation Supporting United NAtion Sustainable Goals and the Pope's Foundation SCHOLAS

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“Today in the middle of two critical Earth-wide crisis--Climate Change and a global Health Pandemic, where the world looks to us for leadership and a way out, we can’t take this opportunity to lead for granted. We have too many dangers ahead, from economic disarray to long term COVID effects, to social inequalities that are coming due to this pandemic. Ultimately, we are about to embark on one of the greatest turning points in modern history, we must not forget about mother nature, and that our planet needs us to come together and rally our communities in a collective effort confronting the need to respond to our planet's Climate Change Crisis and its future economic and environmental effects. Fostering the inclusive international Green Economy is a way forward to permanent, balanced and harmonious solutions”

“We will not solve the problems we face unless we stop addressing issues such as climate change, deforestation, ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, poverty, or our response to pandemics as stand-alone issues. If we zoom out to the orbital perspective, we see the true reality—that they are only symptoms of an underlying root problem. The problem is that we don’t see ourselves as planetary. So, what do we mean when we say planetary, and why planetary and not global? We don’t live on a Globe. Global is our computer networks; our financial networks, it’s abstract lines covering a sphere. When I looked out of the window of the International Space Station, I saw an iridescent biosphere teeming with life, I didn’t [Expletive] see the economy. The economy is a subsystem of society which in turn is part of the biosphere. That means our global economy is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the biosphere and not the other way around. But since our political, business, and cultural systems put the complete focus on growing the economy at all costs, and since our human-made systems treat everything including the very life support systems of our planet as the wholly-owned subsidiary of the economy it is obvious from the vantage point of space that we are living a lie. We need to move from thinking Economy - Society - Planet, to Planet - Society - Economy. Our Society is dependent on our Planet, and our Economy is dependent on Society. We need to reorganize and re-prioritize these systems not out of any ideological or eco-philosophy, but rather because this is the reality of the world we live in.” 

RON GARAN

Astronaut

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JOEL MAKOWER

Chairman and Executive Editor of the Green Money Journal, GreenBiz

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“Climate change poses a major risk to the stability of the U.S. financial system and to its ability to sustain the American economy,” Among the “complex risks for the U.S. financial system,” the authors said, are “disorderly price adjustments in various asset classes, with possible spillovers into different parts of the financial system, as well as potential disruption of the proper functioning of financial markets.” -Subcommittee of U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission