Brookline 2010: A Community Climate Challenge. How we can meet the Climate Crisis working together. The Challenge How to Get There The Project The Goals The Benefits. Why Are We Here?. The Challenge. Carbon Dioxide Variations. The Challenge: Americans’ CO 2 Responsibility.
How we can meet the Climate Crisis working together
Carbon Dioxide Variations
If the bad news is that individual Americans are a major part of the problem, the good news is that we can be a major part of the solution.
“If there’s no action before 2012, that’s too late. What we do in the next two to three years will determine our future.This is the defining moment.”
–Rajendra K. Pachauri,
Accepting the 2007 Nobel Price on behalf of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Brookline emits about 540,000 Tons of CO2 per year
Brookline Carbon Footprint by Sector
The energy culprits in Brookline’s residences
Success ultimately up to us
We can act more quickly than governmental agenciesHow to Get There
What should we do?
Behavior changes (shorter showers, lower thermostat)
Efficiency measures (more CFLs)
High impact investments (air-seal, add insulation)
Renewable energy sources (NSTAR Green)The Initiative
Take the T
New car time? Improve mileageThe Initiative
If we reach our goal for 2010, we will cut 1.4M pounds (700 tons) of carbon!
The goals are attainable working with partner organizations
Brookline Eco-Team Initiative
Town Meeting Members
School Green Teams
Benefits of the Project:
Participating in an EcoTeam makes you
richer, healthier, happier and more attractive!!
Benefits to Partners:
For 2010, we need 30 partner organizations each conducting 5 Eco-Teams
To describe the project goals and strategy
To help potential members start a team
To support team leaders
To calculate your initial carbon footprint
To record EcoTeam data and progress
To provide ongoing resources
To provide a link to other green organizations and events
In our literature, at our events & on our web site
“We sometimes emphasize the danger in a crisis without focusing on the opportunities that are there. We should feel a great sense of urgency because it is the most dangerous crisis we have ever faced, by far. But it also provides us with opportunities to do a lot of things we ought to be doing for other reasons anyway. And to solve this crisis we can develop a shared sense of moral purpose.”
“All of us can do something to make the world better and each of us should try.”