TCCPI 2020 Annual Report Released, Part 1
by Peter Bardaglio
Raging wildfires in the U.S. West. A megadrought in the Southwest, where reservoirs that supply drinking water to Las Vegas and Phoenix are at historic lows. Soaring temperatures in Siberia, Canada and the Pacific Northwest that smash previous records. Disastrous flash floods in Europe, China and Japan. These extreme weather events are all part of the same story: Climate change is accelerating at a pace far faster than any of the computer models projected, and many scientists are worried that runaway climate destabilization is underway.
The current climate news could hardly be more frightening and depressing, all the more reason not to lose sight of the fact that we can still do much to mitigate the worst consequences of climate change. After all, if we can’t stop global warming from hitting 2 degrees C, keeping it under 2.3 or 2.5 is a lot better than 2.7 or 3.
Since the summer of 2008, the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative (TCCPI) — a coalition of community activists, leaders and concerned citizens — has been meeting monthly to discuss and share information about what we can do locally to reduce our carbon footprint and help the county meet its ambitious climate goals.
After recognizing the importance of gathering in one place the ongoing efforts of the organizations, institutions and businesses that constitute the coalition, TCCPI began to issue annual reports in 2010 about the accomplishments of members in the previous year.
Earlier this month, we released our report for 2020. We had a total of 37 submissions (two higher than last year and nearing our record of 40 in 2018), and the level of detail is impressive. Despite the challenges faced during the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, coalition members made sure we were able to share with the community what is being done to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy and bolster our climate resiliency.
Seeing all our work in one place like this is truly inspiring and comes as a welcome relief from the deluge of increasingly bad news about the climate crisis. We are fortunate to live in such a dedicated, action-oriented community, and the 2020 work captured in the report is even more remarkable given the pandemic.
Below are some highlights from the first half of the report. The full, text-only version can be found at www.tccpi.org/tccpi-2020.html. If you’d like a free, pdf copy of the illustrated version, contact us at email@example.com.
Center for Community Transportation
City of Ithaca
Climate Reality Project, Finger Lakes Greater Region NY (FLGR-NY) Chapter
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Downtown Ithaca Alliance
Finger Lakes Land Trust
Finger Lakes ReUse
Fossil Free Tompkins
Get Your GreenBack Tompkins
to the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative
309 North Aurora Street | Ithaca, NY 14850 | firstname.lastname@example.org