Pioneering Towns (Big and Small) Are Rushing to Kick Their Carbon Addiction

January 12, 2010
Tara Lohan
The Huffington Post
The coastal town of Lincoln City, Oregon, has a lot to lose if nothing is done about climate change. The town sits 11 feet above sea level, and unchecked climate change could erode its beaches or flood the town. Residents are taking matters into their own hands. "We could ignore it, let the federal government deal with it," Mayor Lori Hollingsworth says. "We're not willing to do that." Last year Lincoln City committed to becoming carbon neutral through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and offsets. Communities like Lincoln City have long been ahead of Congress and the White House on climate commitments. Cities first began committing to Kyoto goals in 2005 through the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Now more than 1,000 cities have signed on. But the community climate movement goes beyond local government initiatives. It's a cultural shift involving people at all levels of the community, from tiny rural towns in red states to major metropolitan areas. full article

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