Deerfield Sustainability

On Tuesday, March 7th, Deerfield residents and staff gathered in the Blue Ridge Room with one goal in mind: to limit the increase in global average temperature to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to balance the imperative to mitigate climate change. Steve Kaagan, an Asheville resident who has facilitated many such exercises guided the group in a climate change simulation program developed by research group Climate Interactive.

Members of the Deerfield Sustainability Committee organized this interactive simulation exercise with the help of Bob Sigmon, a Deerfield resident who previously participated in the program. The goal of the simulation here at Deerfield was to deepen the awareness of the conditions advancing global warming and to explore actions for sustaining a livable planet and sound practices.

Simulation participants were arranged in groups of 4-6, each one with a different focus. The seven areas included energy supply, energy effectiveness, population, land and agriculture, carbon pricing, climate hawks, and fossil fuel. Each group was responsible to develop a set of proposals that would help meet a goal according to their group. Not an easy task. One morning session was enough to get people thinking but certainly not solve the issue. Awareness is a beginning and education is key. The more we know, the more we can do. The residents and staff at Deerfield work hard to maintain sustainable practices by decreasing the use of Styrofoam, water and energy conservation, solar power considerations, recycling and reusing, and certainly education and increasing awareness. Reaching that goal to limit the increase in global average temperature to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels might not be attainable, but surely each person can do something in their small piece of the earth to help save the world for future generations.

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