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Making Global Climate Change a Local Fight

Making Global Climate Change a Local FightLocal communities may provide the best opportunities for real progress in the battle against global warming, says a Tufts expert. Medford/Somerville, Mass.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [10.20.03] Local leaders in Somerville, Massachusetts - and in other towns and cities across the country - may be at the forefront of a battle normally described in global terms. By taking measures to cut emissions and conserve energy, local authorities may generate the best progress in the battle to reduce climate change, says a Tufts expert.

"The trend in global warming over the last 10 years has been alarmingly increasing," Tufts' William Moomaw - an environmental policy expert - said in an article in the Somerville Journal. "We have worked nationally and internationally, but nothing has happened. We realized that something can be done locally in cities, towns and businesses rather than waiting around for international treaties and laws."

With its newly unveiled "Climate Action Plan," Somerville is doing just that.

"The plan is a detailed blueprint of steps the city can take to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases," reported the Journal. Recommendations include promoting the construction of green buildings and increasing energy efficient programs.

Moomaw applauded the committee that prepared the report, adding that their work may have important long term importance in a region that has already experienced significant climate change and could be slated for more.

"[Moomaw said] climate is an essential factor of our lives," reported the Journal. "In 8000 B.C., Somerville was under a blanket of ice. By 2100, the climate of Maine could be like North Carolina unless something is done about the increasing amount of environmental pollution today."

Local leaders, as well as climate change experts, are relying on grassroots initiatives to continue to generate progress.

"We got a lot of help from a lot of people and now it's up to [the citizens] to keep the ball rolling," Lori Segall - chairperson of Somerville's Commission of Energy Use and Climate Change - told the Journal.

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