Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP)
Global warming is already affecting Ashland and the surrounding
region and climate-related impacts are projected to become much more severe in the coming decades. Using a citizen-led process, our community created a plan to reduce our carbon emissions and prepare for climate related impacts. Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan lays the groundwork for positive climate action for City operations and the larger community.
The impacts of global warming have tangible effects on public health and quality of life for Ashland’s residents and visitors. Climate models project that by the 2080s Ashland will experience:
- An 86% decrease in winter snow pack,
- 90 more days of extreme heat each year,
- A 7-12°F increase in temperature on the hottest day of the year
- More than 1” of additional rainfall during heavy storms
- More frequent and severe droughts, heat waves, and wildfires
Wildfires, flooding, and extreme weather events will be made worse by climate change and pose direct risks to our community safety. Extreme temperatures, snowpack decline, and wildfire smoke pose additional risks to sensitive populations, sensitive species, and local natural resources, and local economies.
Our climate is continually changing in response to Earth’s chemical processes. The “problem” of climate change is not the climate itself, but the abrupt climate shifts across the globe due to significant greenhouse gas emissions released in recent decades. As noted by Drawdown.org founder Paul Hawken “...climate change isn’t a curse. It’s feedback”.
As a culture we need to reverse global warming to reduce the effects of drastic climate change. The Ashland CEAP is a concerted community effort to reduce our climate-altering emissions, while increasing our ability to respond to climate impacts and remain resilient.