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AM Alert: One panel to go, and Jerry Brown is on vacation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech in the Synod Hall as he attends a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 21, 2015.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, right, delivers his speech in the Synod Hall as he attends a conference on Modern Slavery and Climate Change at the Vatican, Tuesday, July 21, 2015. AP

Gov. Jerry Brown has another day of combating climate change before his summer vacation starts.

On the second day of the two-day conference hosted by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, Brown will join a panel conversation focused on climate change, de-carbonization and zero-emission cities.

On Tuesday, Brown delivered a grim speech, warning that in an uncertain future, “We are talking about extinction.”

“We have to respond, and if we don’t the world will suffer, we will all suffer,” Brown said. “In fact, many people, millions are suffering already.”

He has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California, and his visit to Rome comes before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where leaders will decide on approval of 17 sustainable development goals.

After traveling to the Vatican on the private plane of real estate developer George Marcus, Brown is staying at the residence of the U.S. ambassador to Italy. After the Vatican Symposium, Brown will vacation in Florence with his wife, Anne Gust Brown, and friends.

EL SOLDADO: El Soldado – a memorial to Latino veterans that stands across the street from the west side of the Capitol – was vandalized earlier this month. The statue, already dilapidated and moldy, has been waiting for rehabilitation funding. Plans call for upgrading the statue’s condition as well as surrounding it with a new garden.

The group in charge of the effort, with the impressive name of the Mexican American Veterans Memorial Beautification and Enhancement Committee, is holding a meeting to update the project and discuss fundraising efforts.

In attendance will be Daniel Contreras, the committee chair, and Mirtha Villarreal-Younger, deputy secretary for minority veterans affairs, along with other committee members.

The meeting is at 1 p.m. at CalVet, 1227 O St.

ECO-POPE EVENT: Following Pope Francis’ calls for climate change, Faith in the Valley and NextGen Climate are hosting a discussion on mobilizing environmental protection efforts.

Tom Steyer, founder and president of NextGen Climate, and Msgr. Raymond Dreiling, Vicar General of Diocese of Fresno, will join delegates from the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Bolivia, where the pope spoke earlier this month.

The event is at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Mary Claret Catholic Church in Fresno.

VIDEO LOOKBACK: Video from Brown’s speech at the first day of the Vatican conference is now on the Capitol Alert blog.

CELEBRATIONS: Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-O’Neals, turns 61.

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