October 28, 2007
Saturday, people met in Charlottesville to talk about global warming, renewable energy, and other climate change issues.
Despite what you may believe, the goal of Saturday's conference was to help Virginia communities be proactive and take the lead in going green.
Weather patterns, the Chesapeake Bay, wildlife impact, solar power, and even our water supply issues were all problems that were addressed Saturday during a conference on climate change.
"We are all Virginians and we must determine our energy future in this state together," said speaker Kathy Selvage.
Saturday, Charlottesville hosted a state-wide gathering of more than 150 people.
"It gives us a chance to talk about some of the things we're doing locally that we're doing to try and address the climate change issue, and promote to clean energy, energy efficiency, and energy conservation," said Charlottesville City Councilman Dave Norris.
Organizers say many people are aware of the individual actions they can take to save energy.
"This conference is how we can take the person action and make it bigger going beyond yourself to influence the county, the state, or the nation," said Josh Tulkin, of the Chesapeake Climate Action.
The impact of global warming was a key issue Saturday. Regardless of your beliefs on the climate change science, Saturday's conference is about building a movement across the state.
"There is one thing that everyone can understand and that is that it's cheaper to save energy than to make energy," said Tulkin.
So the people at the conference talked about climate change issues and their impact in Virginia, trying to find local solutions, and looking at ways to save energy and save the tax payer's money.
Norris says they're buying hybrid vehicles for the city, converting buses to bio diesel to reduce emissions, and looking at alternative modes of transportation.
He says the city is moving in the right direction, but there is plenty of work left to do.
Also, Governor Tim Kaine is establishing a climate change commission. Last month his office introduced an energy plan that aims to cut emissions by 30% by 2025.