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July 25, 2021

Climate change survey results to be unveiled

(Ana Cortez (left) and Gaby Gilsen survey a man in the Watsonville Plaza in December as part of Regeneración – Pájaro Valley Climate Action’s launch of a research project. Contributed photo)

WATSONVILLE — The results of a two-month survey designed to gain insight on how climate change is affecting local residents will be unveiled during an event on Thursday.

The bilingual event, hosted by Regeneración – Pajaro Valley Climate Action with support from Ecology Action and Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Watsonville Civic Plaza Community Room, 275 Main St., fourth floor.

The survey aimed to find out how people are being affected by pollution and environmental changes in the Pajaro Valley and what projects people think would lower pollution, mitigate the negative effects of environmental changes and bring the most benefit to the community.

Regeneración Project Director Nancy Faulstich said one of the goals of the survey was to give a voice to agricultural workers, who are often not a part of the public process.

“We wanted to hear from a broader group,” she said. “We saw there were issues affecting different parts of our population, and different groups are being disproportionately affected.”

The survey kicked off on Dec. 10, when volunteers fanned out throughout Watsonville to interview people on how, or if, they are being affected by climate change. An online survey was also available.

Surveying wrapped up in early February, and altogether, more than 300 people responded either in-person or online, according to Faulstich.

Thursday’s event will include guest speakers, a panel of local agricultural workers, refreshments and entertainment by Alianza Dance Group – Baile Folklorico.

For information, visit www.regenerationpajarovalley.org.

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