Why Go Green
“We need everyone, everywhere doing everything, all the time, as quickly as possible.”
Jill MacIntyre Witt, Author, TEDxVail Talker
Why Go Green?
Creating a sustainable community depends on our responsible use of our natural resources without depleting them or permanently damaging them. Due to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we are experiencing effects such as extreme changes in our weather, rising sea levels, and increased pollution, all combining to produce a less healthy environment. This increase of GHG emissions creates rising temperatures of the environment and the oceans, which in turn creates melting of polar ice caps, extreme flooding and droughts, wildfires, and rising sea levels, all of which impact our ability to live healthy, safe lives today and for future generations.
The first person to confirm that carbon dioxide released through the burning of fossil fuels and other industrial processes increased atmospheric levels of the gas was Del Mar’s own Charles David Keeling, who began recording the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere above the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii in the late 1950’s. His landmark research laid the foundation for many studies on global carbon dioxide levels and the climate changes that occur as a result. Dave Keeling was also a mayor in Del Mar, and was one of the writers of Del Mar’s Community Plan in 1976.
GHGs are generated by burning fossil fuels (gasoline, diesel, and natural gas) to create electricity to power our homes and businesses, and by using vehicles that run on these fuels. GHGs are also generated by organic waste in our landfills.
The City of Del Mar has developed a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address these issues over the long term so that all of us, our children and our grandchildren, can enjoy a safe, healthy, and vibrant future.
What Can We Do?
There are many things that we as individuals and as a community can do to make a difference in Del Mar. We can reduce our overall energy consumption, we can choose cleaner energy sources for our homes and businesses, and we can select alternative options for our transportation, such as biking, walking, public transportation, and less polluting vehicles. In addition, we can work to keep organics such as food waste, yard trimmings, and food soiled paper waste out of our landfills where they contribute to the production of potent greenhouse gasses.
Go Green Del Mar is your one-stop source for information about our Climate Action Plan, with many ideas and resources to help you Go Green NOW.