On June 2nd, President Trump, as promised, withdrew the United States from the United Nations Paris Agreement that commit the US to cutting our greenhouse gas emissions. For context, we signed the agreement in early 2016 alongside 194 other countries to work together to slow global climate change.
Fortunately, a surge of cities, states, corporations, small businesses, universities, and other ventures across the country have stated they are willing to take responsibility into their own hands. Each one promises to hold themselves accountable to the Paris Agreement, even with a lack of presidential leadership. At Joule Energy, we are proud to count ourselves among that group and will continue to reduce our own emissions.
The diversity of the 1,000+ entities who have signed onto the We Are Still In Climate Collaborative is simply astounding. From the state of North Carolina to Facebook to Levi Strauss, companies and communities are devoted to seeing through our promise to combat climate climate change as our country committed under President Obama.
Joule Energy is incredibly proud of our Greater New Orleans community for the commitments by Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Loyola University of New Orleans who join us in signing onto the Climate Collaborative. Joule Energy still stays firmly committed to the Paris Agreement because these efforts align with our core values, specifically our goal of progress every day toward a sustainable future.
Concerned about climate change or wondering how you can reduce our national carbon footprint? There is a lot you can do as an individual aside from obvious solutions like carpooling or riding your bike. In fact, you can significantly reduce your carbon footprint by buying local produce or switching your household or business over to LED lighting. Buying local prevents tons of greenhouse gas emissions since food is not trucked thousands of miles to reach the shelves of your grocery store. As for LED lighting, LED light bulbs are 80% more efficient than similar incandescent bulbs and approximately 30% more effective than CFL bulbs. Considering LED light bulbs are dramatically more energy efficient than conventional bulbs, your electric bill will drop as well.
If you are interested in switching to LED, individuals can do most of the work with the help of a home improvement store. For businesses, we recommend working with a specialist who can customize a design for your specific setup. Ready to learn more? Reach out to one of our energy consultants today.