Returned Peace Corps Volunteers for Environmental Action (RPCV4EA) is partnering with the nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)* and Green America* to engage the Peace Corps Community in a conversation about this environmental threat and ways that NPCA affiliates and individuals can contribute to the elimination of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and adoption of climate-friendly refrigerants globally. Getting involved in community education, consumer activism and policy advocacy to promote better cooling systems can help prevent nearly half a degree celsius of global warming.
Super polluting refrigerant greenhouse gases such as HFCs found in refrigerators and air-conditioners are thousands of times worse for the climate than carbon dioxide. It’s estimated that a single supermarket leaks 25% of its HFCs each year, equal to CO2 from more than 300 cars. Given there are over 38,000 supermarkets in the United States, these leaking emissions are equivalent to burning 49 billion pounds of coal. Despite this, few companies are proactively reducing their use and leaks of these potent greenhouse gases. See www.climatefriendlysupermarkets.org for more information on the problem and opportunities for citizen action.
Presenters: Kathrene Garcia, Climate Research Assistant, EIA
Beth Porter, Climate Campaigns Director, Green America
Moderator: Evelyn Ganzglass, NPCA Board and RPCV4EA Member
*The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is an international campaigning organization committed to protecting endangered species, threatened forests, and the global climate with intelligence, for the benefit of people and wildlife. EIA's climate campaign shares evidence to support more robust refrigerant policy, tools to track and assess corporate action, and is building a network of concerned citizens.
*Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization and works to harness economic power—the strength of consumers, investors, businesses, and the marketplace—to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. Green America’s climate campaigns drive corporate accountability on greenhouse gas emissions, energy use, and waste generation by mobilizing public pressure. Our Cool It campaign works to reduce HFC emissions and improve refrigerant practices in the supermarket sector.
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