The Richmond Climate Action Committee is a citizen committee dedicated to reducing the Town’s (Richmond, Vermont) contribution to global warming and climate change through local action.
- Inform and educate Richmond’s residents, schools, businesses and town government on global warming and climate change;
- Work with Richmond’s residents, schools, businesses and town government to identify and implement the most effective and pragmatic measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate change; and
- Promote public policy in Richmond and through our state representative and senators to take action to reduce climate change.
The rationale for our mission is based on the current body of knowledge and scientific consensus on climate change, including the following:
- In its fourth assessment of the state of knowledge on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded in 2007 that “most of the observed increase in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century is very likely due to the observed increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gas concentrations.” (1)
- The IPCC’s assessment of the impacts of climate change clearly indicates there is significant risk of severe social and environmental upheaval to future generations, noting that “unmitigated climate change would, in the long run, be likely to exceed the capacity of natural, managed and human systems to adapt.” (2)
- The current state of knowledge indicates that taking action now on climate change can greatly reduce the risk and severity of social and environmental upheaval to future generations.
- Acting now to reduce climate change will be easier and more economical than putting off action to the future.
- The actions we take today to reduce global warming have other important benefits to the security, health and well-being of society and the environment.
(1) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), “Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis, Summary for Policy Makers,” February 5, 2007, p. 10.
(2) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2007), “Climate Change 2007: Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Summary for Policy Makers,” April 6, 2007, p. 20.
Megan M. Nedzinski
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