Thanks to Austin Mayor Steve Adler and the city’s Office of Sustainability, October has been named Climate Change Awareness Month.
The goal with climate change awareness month is to raise the awareness of climate change not only in Austin but around the world as well since alarming trends like longer, hotter summers, droughts and increased wildfire risks are becoming all too common across the United States.
Austin Community Climate Change Plan
One of the great things about life in Austin is that the city isn’t snoozing on climate change, far from it. With the Austin Community Climate Change plan there is a detailed plan in place to reduce emission from three key areas in Austin including waste sources, transportation, and energy.
Besides reducing emissions, the city also has a goal of generating up to 65 percent of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2027.
Small Changes in Energy Use Can Make A Huge Impact
With the Austin Community Action Plan, and climate change awareness month, the hope is that all Austin residents will take the month of October to small changes to their daily routines because those small changes in how we consume energy can make a big difference in saving the environment.
“There are simple things that anyone can do to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chief Sustainability Officer Lucia Athens. “Think about three things you do every day: how you use electricity, where you go and how you get there, and your shopping decisions. Consider ways you could conserve, simplify, and get out of your car – make small changes and form new habits. The collective impact will be huge.”
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