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In Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, residents of the tiny town of Floyd are leading a campaign to slow global warming, one signature at a time.

Woody Crenshaw is on the board of SustainFloyd, a nonprofit that created the “Personal Climate Pledge.” By signing, people promise to reduce their carbon pollution and trash by 20% before the year 2020. The downloadable pledge form comes with ideas for how to do it.

Crenshaw: “This is a tool which helps me or you commit ourselves to an action, no matter how small or modest it might be.”

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About 150 people have signed so far.

Crenshaw: “At first it was just our community. But now we find that other communities and organizations are picking up on it. It’s starting to take off.”

Crenshaw says rural areas are often ideally suited to lead action on climate change.

Crenshaw: “Most of our communities are under-financed and far away from the sources of political power. But at the same time, we are, in a way, the stewards of the land and we need to feel a heartfelt wish to play that role earnestly.”

Reporting credit: Christina Hoover Moorehead/ChavoBart Digital Media.
Image graphic: Created by David McCarthy.

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