December 8, 2008
Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and UVa joined local governments across the country Monday, to kick off their first event to raise awareness about climate change.
"Albemarle County and the city have always really taken seriously our responsibility about the environment and I think it's just natural that the three of us would work together on climate change issues," said Charlottesville city councilman David Brown.
Part of Local Climate Action Week, the county, city and UVa have joined localities across the U.S. to raise awareness about climate change.
"And it's really happening all around the country as communities who have really taken seriously our responsibility locally to address climate change issues and energy issues," said Brown.
"And share in this really collaborative effort of local action dedicated to reducing climate change so it's very exciting," said Teri Kent of Better World Betty.
The events are being held in support of a local climate action blueprint, a report that will be presented to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050 was one of Obama's campaign promises.
"Unless they create incentives for local governments and communities to use to reduce residential heating, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation sector greenhouse gases, then we're not going to be able to achieve that goal," said Albemarle County supervisor David Slutzky.
But officials say the government won't be able to do this alone.
"But at the end of the day a lot of what this is going to rely on is the government giving the public information, consciousness raising and guidance and then the public will have to make personal decisions," said Slutzky.
Here's a list of scheduled events for the week.