Land Use and Climate Change

I’ve long harped on the fact that changing land use policies is central to curbing emissions. We simply can’t cut greenhouse gases substantially without changing our living, traveling, and commuting patterns. In that vein, here’s a good bill being debated in Olympia that would tie climate change to the State’s Growth Management Act. If a city wanted to change it’s zoning, climate change impacts would have to be taken into account.

There’s no easy pill we can swallow to fix global warming. It’s little bureaucratic changes like this, which will have big impacts in how we live, that will make the difference.