So, remember Copenhagen: The Event? If you do, swell, but for a lot of folks, it’s just fading quickly in the rearview.
If we learned anything in Copenhagen, it’s that we can’t wait for governments to hammer out a solution to global warming. Bottom-up, community-based approaches seem just as likely to save the day. Which is why hundreds of cities and towns are signing on to the Cool Community campaign launched by David Gershon, founder and CEO of the Empowerment Institute [BGB note: CAUTION: insanely ugly Web site ahead]. “Approximately 50 percent of America’s carbon footprint is residential,” he explains. Reducing the carbon output of regular Americans could make a big difference, or at least buy us some extra time.
Gershon’s laying out a big part of his plan/book at the Huffington Post right now, and you can take part in a free two-hour training on March 11 by registering on the Cool Community Tele-Training site. The way it’s described is a little scary, but you can read an overview on the site and there’s also the always-clickable carbon footprint calculator.
Of course it’s entirely possible that you don’t need such training — or that you’ve got better training here in Boulder. We’d love to know about how you’re drastically reducing your own footprint (or how you’ve done it over the last five years). Tell us in the comments!