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Climate Change: One Person Can Make a Difference

June 9, 2008

Everett, WA – Fighting global warming one household at a time – that's the goal of a new program several Washington counties are considering. "Climate Masters," developed at the University of Oregon, is a short course that teaches people exactly how to reduce their carbon footprints. The first 50 participants have managed to cut their own pollution levels by 20 percent, or about two tons of carbon per person, just in this last year.

And, according to Program Director Sarah Mazze, they didn't think it was all that tough.

"We heard more about the ways that people were enjoying the changes, to be honest. People said that they liked slowing down, to plan for actions that would reduce their emissions."

Participants also reported feeling a greater connection to their communities, which is a side benefit Mazze says they didn't expect.

"They ended up seeing their neighbors more as they were walking and biking more. They encountered a group of people that were also interested in saving energy, in being a part of the solution."

Participants focused on changes they could make in their homes, yards, and food and transportation choices. But, in addition to making "greener" decisions, the program's goal is to get people to understand the need for state and national climate change policy. The U of O is talking with King, Snohomish and Whatcom counties in Washington and welcomes other counties to try the program, too.

Learn more about the Climate Masters program at http://climlead.uoregon.edu.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - WA