I attended the Climate Action Summit Saturday morning at the Ethical Society in St. Louis. Since it’s been obvious that under Republican rule, nothing was being done to control climate change, the U.S. Conference of Mayors decided to take action to get city governments to take steps to control greenhouse gas emissions. Cities can accomplish that both through changing the way the cities themselves do their business and by educating the local citizens about how to save energy.
This morning’s conference was aimed at informing us about what some cities are already doing and to motivate us to get our cities on board. An upcoming post will give a more detailed idea of what we learned, but let me say the speakers were impressive, the actions some cities are taking is encouraging, and the momentum to get many more cities signed on is building.
Here’s the list of St. Louis area cities participating so far: Clayton, Creve Coeur, Florissant, Kirkwood, Maplewood, Overland, St. Louis, St. Peters, Sunset Hills, University City.
Here’s an isolated tidbit I found intriguing: whatever cities can do to limit how much garbage goes into landfills is worth doing because the rotting detritus in landfills emits methane, and methane is 21 times as powerful a greenhouse gas as carbon dioxide.
More later. Information, I mean. Not garbage.