My town's Climate Change Action Plan
includes a broad spectrum of strategies for reducing greenhouse gases. A 2005 audit estimated that the city and community collectively produced the equivalent of over 500,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. Of this total, 46% were from cars and other vehicles, 30% from commerical and industrial activities, and 11% from residential sources. Out of concern for both the local impact on the community and the statewide, national and global impact of our collective human activities on the climate, the city commissioned a series of actions and proposals that could provide short and medium term improvements in greenhouse gas emissions. These include transit initiatives, energy efficiency audits and retrofits, water conservation, alternative energy usage, waste reduction and more. I was surprised to find just how much was already in flight in our little city of 30,000 citizens.
But the biggest surprise of all? Nobody in my neighborhood knew about it. Not my family members, my landlord, or my immediate neighbors. Now I'm wondering how prevalent that lack of knowledge is here in town, and whether a similar situation exists for all of the linked and related initiatives up and down the peninsula and more broadly.
As a result of this mission, I'm now looking at ways to connect the dots in the community using social media and a repository of relevant web resources. It seems there is a failure to communicate important resilience strategies, and we need to take ownership for this as citizens of the city, county, region, state, nation and planet.