Local State Assemblyman Ted Lieu and the Venice Neighborhood Council organized a town hall meeting and resource fair in Venice Thursday, July 17th, to address global warming and solutions to reduce the “carbon footprint.”

During the meeting, Venice Neighborhood Council member Nick Karno, who was trained on global warming issues through former Vice President Al Gore’s program “The Climate Project,” gave a presentation on global warming. The presentation focused on various issues addressed in Gore’s award-winning documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl was in attendance to introduce Lieu, who represents the local area south of Santa Monica. The meeting was attended by about 100 people.

“Global warming is such a threat to our environment, said Lieu, referring to the significance of the topic discussed at the town hall.

“I am thrilled that I was able to bring our community together to highlight California’s work to reduce global warming,” he added. “It is imperative that we continue to be proactive in our fight against global warming and focus on reducing our carbon footprint.”

The assemblyman gave an update on regulatory and legislative efforts to tackle global warming, including the recently released draft state plan to implement California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act.

Lieu is a co-author of California’s Global Warming Solutions Act and has authored various bills aimed at improving the environment.

During his presentation, Karno discussed new global warming research, including strategies on how people can reduce their individual carbon footprint.

Karno noted that in ten years the global warming impact on climate could become irreversible if certain tactics in the economy are not changed.

Among the potential solutions to global warming are energy efficiency and renewable technology, according to the presentation.

The resource fair portion of the program featured the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Plug in America, Bio Diesel Co-Operative, Rediscover, Teaching Green, the Venice Neighborhood Council, and the Mar Vista Green Committee.