"I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."
- Greta Thunberg
We can do more as a city to address climate change and our impact on the environment.
Set a goal, stick to it
As a community we need to set environmental targets for the city to live up to and for the community as a whole to live up to. But you can’t just make goals, file them away, and then move on to other things—we need to continuously make plans to hit those goals.2 Every quarter the city council should be reviewing our environmental plan to make sure we are still on track to hit our environmental goals and make corrections if we are not.
Things We Can Do Right Now
Stop the city purchase of all new gas powered vehicles
When the city purchases a new vehicle, that vehicle will be in the fleet for a decade or more. We need urgency in confronting this issue and therefore need to stop buying any new internal combustion vehicles immediately.
Stop using natural gas in all city buildings
The large scale use of greenhouse emitting gases for heating buildings needs to stop. Clean, renewable electricity should be used to heat and cool all city buildings.
Purchase 100% renewable power
This is a project that can be done by the city council on day one of an administration with virtually no budgetary impacts.
Build a Bikeable City
Stevens Creek trail is a good start, but is a fraction of the high quality, separated bike paths we need to make it possible to get anywhere in Mountain View safely on a bike. Painting a few lines on the side of the road and calling it a bike path is not enough, and in fact actually makes biking more dangerous.
To build a bikeable city we need to make our budget priorities match our values, we need to reduce spending on roads, we need to stop building $20 million dollar parking garages and we need to start making building a bikeable city a priority in every year’s infrastructure budget.
“Don't tell me what you value, show me your budget, and I'll tell you what you value.” ― Joe Biden