Do You Know About Cool California?
The world is undoubtedly warming – as reported by the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions, the Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by about 1.8°F (1.0°C) since the late 1800s. The 10 warmest years on record (since 1880) have all occurred since 1998, and all but one has happened since 2000. Numerous adverse affects are associsted with this warming trend including: sea level rise, more frequent and intense heat waves, threats to ecosystems, longer and more damaging wildfire seasons, a growing risk of mega-droughts, and increased agricultural pests to name a few.
As a global leader in climate action, California has the nation’s most comprehensive, economy-wide global warming pollution reduction program. As part of this program the State has created CoolCalifornia.org.
CoolCalifornia.org provides resources to help all Californians reduce their environmental impact and be part of the climate change solution. Resources for households, local government, schools and businesses are provided. To achieve greenhouse gas reductions in a cost-effective way, resources on the CoolCalifornia web site have been developed to help small businesses and other entities save money and limit their environmental impact. For example, household tools provided on the web site include:
- carbon calculator,
- action tips,
- funding wizard and
- inspiring success stories.
Cool California implements a Small Business Awards program and the CoolCalifornia challenge which is a carbon footprint reduction competition within and between communities. In 2016, the coolest California City (i.e., the Challenge winner) was Claremont.
Help cool California, visit CoolCalifornia.org and take action.