Looking Back #3: Statement on Reach Codes

From the FFMP archive of statements to Redwood City Council Members, January 13th, 2020. This statement was originally made by Jim Ilnicki.

The report is now out: 2019 was the hottest year world-wide on record.

The permafrost is melting 95 years earlier than scientists predicted.

The Himalayan glacier is melting twice as fast as predicted.

The world news just tonight reported that the oceans are absorbing the heat of the equivalent of three atomic bombs every second.

Flooded Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy

60 Minutes yesterday reported on the flooding in Venice in November, and that it will cost a billion dollars to repair.  Cities all over the world, including the United States, will be facing similar costs in the future.

As one of the students so eloquently stated earlier, the climate crisis is here, now.

I urge you to approve the Reach Code proposal, granting only those exemptions that are absolutely necessary, and even on those, to approve them with the specific goal of finding solutions to those to apply to future similar projects.

I have worked with architects, engineers, contractors, and developers in the past and they are smart. They are problem solvers and they are innovators.  I urge them to take the lead in solving these issues so that we can all move forward together.

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