Today, the Kyoto Protocol goes into effect. Of course, President Bush declined to add the United States to the list of 141 countries ratifying the decision.
USA Today reports that a number of businesses, nonprofits, and many states are already taking steps to get closer to Kyoto compliance.
Nine eastern states (the six New England states plus Delaware, New Jersey, and New York) have formed the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative requiring large power plants to reduce carbon emissions through a cap-and-trade system. Auto-clogged California is even trying to force automakers to limit emissions.
Another example: In October 2003, Lewis & Clark College in Portland became the first college in the nation to achieve Kyoto compliance - at a cost of just $10 per student.
Think globally, act locally. What else can Oregonians do to reduce our impact on the Earth?