Global warming is caused by the buildup of certain gases in our atmosphere. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “the atmospheric buildup of CO2 [carbon dioxide] and other greenhouse gases is largely the result of human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels.” If humans continue to emit CO2 and other greenhouse gases at the rate we do today, the future will hold unforeseen consequences for our climate, our planet, and ultimately ourselves. Governments around the world are moving to combat the threat of climate change.
In Westport, the Green Energy Task Force (GETF) has been established to rise to this challenge. The Task Force, established in early 2007, includes 11 people from different sectors of the community. Under the direction of the First Selectman of Westport, Gordon Joseloff, t
he GETF’s mandate is to provide a recommended action plan to the town of Westport by the end of 2007 for the purpose of reducing community greenhouse gas emissions. The objective of the action plan educational outreach, and (3) establish specific goals for the reduction of community emissions over set time periods.
Source: “Westport Greenhouse Gas Emissions Report”, August 15, 2007, Katrina Ellison, Page 4.