Featured Speaker: Mayor Serge Dedina, City of Imperial Beach with participation by Peter Zahn, Former Deputy Mayor of Solana Beach and Director of the Moxie Foundation.
California communities are fighting back and demanding answers from oil and gas companies. What did they know about the impacts of fossil fuels on a warming planet and when did they know it? The answer is clear- oil and gas corporations have known since the early 1960s that the consequences of burning fossil fuels would be global warming and rising sea levels. As sea levels and temperatures rise governments will be increasingly forced to invest in costly infrastructure projects to adapt to a changing environment. However, fossil fuel companies like Exxon-Mobil and BP have not only been hiding the findings of their own climate research, but they are spending huge sums of money to create a ‘refute and deny’ culture.
With impact costs rising, Imperial Beach has now joined Marin and San Mateo counties in a lawsuit to hold 37 fossil fuel companies responsible for their deliberate falsehoods and inaction in the face of the drastic consequences the burning of fossil fuels is causing.
Our speaker, Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina, has long been a leader in working to solve cross border and other environmental issues affecting his community. Mayor Dedina was also the Executive Director and co-founder of WILDCOAST, an award winning non-profit organization. As the Mayor of Imperial Beach he helped secure tens of millions of dollars to build a new sewage treatment plant along the U.S.-Mexico border, saving taxpayers more than $100 million in the process. He has received the California Coastal Commission’s “Coastal Hero” Award and the San Diego Zoological Society’s Conservation Medal in recognition of his conservation efforts.
Also joining us will be Mr. Peter Zahn. Peter’s involvement with local communities includes service on the City of Solana Beach’s Climate Action Commission; the boards of Cleantech San Diego, San Diego State University’s Fowler College of Business Administration, and the ZIP Entrepreneurship Platform at San Diego State; as well as City College of New York’s Zahn Innovation Center. Until recently he was Deputy Mayor and Council Member in Solana Beach, and sat on various public agency boards. Having worked with environmentally sustainable clients, Peter co-founded the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce and served for several years as its Chairman.
Please join us December 7th to hear how Imperial Beach and other affected cities are holding these corporations accountable, and what the strategy and possible outcomes could be.