Target: Seattle City Council, Mayor Mike McGun and Seattle community members
Goal: Commend Seattle for setting a 2050 goal of emitting zero carbon emissions
The Seattle City Council passed a unanimous vote to completely eliminate carbon emissions by the year 2050. The plan focuses on three areas where Seattle can benefit from improvements while simultaneously reducing emissions: transportation and land use, building energy, and solid waste. The plan includes improving the public transportation system, building a proper infrastructure making it easier and safer to walk or bike around the city, and building a light-rail system. According to the Seattle Times, these dramatic improvements would decrease Seattle’s emissions by 40 percent. Although a far reaching goal, the Climate Action Plan is gracefully crafted to reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
“We can do something meaningful, not just for the planet, but also to create the city we want to live in, one that is safer to walk and bike and has cleaner air and water,” said city councilman Mike O’Brien. To limit building costs, the city plans to weatherize homes and to develop a rating system for how energy efficient each household is, which would be a major selling point. Mayor Mike McGin also introduced a plan to homeowners that would improve energy efficiency by 35-50 percent,, saving homeowners money and reducing electricity usage. Congratulate Seattle’s City Council and its constituents on implementing such an extraordinary pro-environment goal, of which all major cities should take note of.
Dear Seattle City Council,
Your recently passed ‘Climate Action Plan’ is an extraordinary and necessary goal, especially in environmentally trying times where our carbon level teeters on 400 ppm. Major cities all over the world are unfortunately the biggest emitters of dangerous greenhouse gases and your passion to reduce as much as humanly possible is a service to every single human being on Earth.
While some of the initiative benefits homeowners, it also reaches out to commercial buildings with the intention of cutting electricity usage in half. After Super Storm Sandy, it a considerable relief to see the nation’s Mayors working together to immediately start reducing greenhouse gases. Major cities all around the world desperately need to take note of your initiative and start implementing their own. Thank you!
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