The Redwood Region has work to do – the fastest net sea level rise on the Pacific Coast and groundwater inundation are transforming our low-elevation coastlands, and we have major critical infrastructure to reorganize and relocate. A decade of severe drought has turned our usually temperate coastal communities into high-risk wildfire zones, with hazardous air quality due to wildfires burning almost year-round. Our own senses, confirmed by traditional ecological knowledge and other sciences, are telling us it is time for serious action to improve our overall resilience and reduce emissions to cool and calm the planet.
The CORE Hub is helping the region pair mitigations and adaptations for these cascading conditions, with research and data to prove we are—or will become—optimized as a carbon sink: no climate emissions, sequestering far more climate-forcing elements than our systems generate—with the goal of slowing the rate of temperature change, and reducing the number and severity of emergencies. The Redwood Region has the local expertise, willingness, and attributes to become the first proven carbon-sequestering rural area by 2030.
The CORE Hub helps convene dialogues and distribute resources to communities as they work to reorganize and relocate built and natural systems in better cooperation with human needs, and to document the processes so local communities and other rural regions and Tribal Nations have a recipe for their own decarbonized resilience.