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KyotoUSA is a grassroots organization that encourages U.S. cities and their residents to reduce the climate altering greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) for which they are responsible.
Global climate disruption is the most serious threat facing the planet today. Studies conducted by the world's most respected climate scientists demonstrate that we must act collectively and immediately to make significant reductions in the the amount of greenhouse gases that we are releasing into the atmosphere. Our failure to act will result in catastrophic and irreversible consequences for all life on this planet.
Many countries around the globe are attempting to address this problem. In an agreement known as the Kyoto Protocol, most industrialized countries have agreed to cut their greenhouse gas emissions. To date, however, those efforts have fallen well short of the type of bold action that is needed to reverse the decades of uncontrolled burning of fossil fuels and the continuing destruction of the planet's forests.
Without the active participation of the U.S., Europe, China, and India in making significant reductions in their carbon emissions, we can expect to experience more severe climate disruptions.
The U.S. government has made significant progress in limiting GHGs from the energy sector, especially coal plants and in transportaion fuels. Today, a growing number of States have formed regional alliances that are establishing limits on greenhouse gas emissions. And local efforts, often driven by citizen advocacy, are encouraging people, businesses, schools, religious institutions, and local governments to look for ways to reduce their carbon emissions.
At KyotoUSA, we are currently working in two areas where residents can have a significant influence in reducing local emissions. We are assisting California school districts reduce their energy consumption and to install renewable energy systems with the support of our HELiOS Project (Helios Energy Lights Our Schools). Visit the HELiOS Project website to learn how you can help your school district join the ranks of other California school districts that are already enjoying the benefits of energy conservation, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.
Our second area of activity is in the development of Community Choice Aggregation programs in California's cities and counties. Community Choice allows local government to procure electricity on behalf of its businesses and residents. A Community Choice program can determine rates (competitive) and acquire electricity with a higher percentage of renewable content. Learn more about Community Choice from LEAN Energy US.