The Climate Project, the organization started by Nobel Laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, has created an interesting offshoot of its Repower America subsidiary. Just recently launched, the Repower at Home initiative is an innovative program designed to help solve the climate crisis by providing a simple game plan for individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. The program is already taking off in communities all around the country.
Did you know that the U.S. burns more than one billion tons of coal every year to generate about half of the nation’s electricity? According to Repower At Home, residential buildings are responsible for 21 percent of the nation’s carbon pollution, most of which comes from the burning of dirty coal.
Electric-generating plants powered by coal not only emit plenty of particles and gases, but also pollute nearby water supplies. In a study recently released by the EPA, 39 power plants in 21 states were found to be contaminating the ground water with arsenic and other toxic pollutants through the improper dumping of ash. Nothing new there, but the surprising fact is that the numbers are much higher than previously suspected.
So what does this mean to the average person like you and me? It means that the small changes we make in our individual lifestyles and within our homes can have a huge collective impact. For example, the less we consume, the less electricity the coal plants have to generate.
To get people engaged, Repower America is launching an October 10th Coal Challenge — a unique community-based approach to directly and immediately reduce fossil fuel consumption.
Check it out on the Repower at Home website. Individuals can sign up, follow a course of suggested actions and track their progress toward reducing their carbon output. The program is designed to be fun and engaging, while also offering useful information along the way.
The mission of Repower at Home is a lot like what we do here at Green Blizzard – offer insights into real-life actions that people can take to reduce their collective carbon footprint.
Here’s an informative video that sums up the Great Invisible Problem.