DC created a plan with an aggressive timeclock to deal with climate change. The District plans to use 100% renewable energy sources and cut 50% of its greenhouse gas emissions by 2032. It also plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.
It’s 10:29 am on a Friday in October. Nathan Harrington, founder of Ward 8 Woods, a local DC nonprofit that aims to clean up the forests in Anacostia, has just finished staking a sign onto the side of the road that says, “Your Litter Hits Close To Home.”
Tires, construction debris, furniture-these are among the many things people illegally dump in alleys, roadsides, and other secluded areas all over the Washington region. Local governmental agencies are working together to stop the dumping, and ultimately to curb the environmental damage it causes.
Hundreds of years ago, people could fish and swim in the Anacostia River without worry, but over time it became so polluted that the prospect of swimming or eating anything from it became absurd. The work of local governments and nonprofits, however, has catapulted this idea out from the absurd straight back into the realms of possibility.
DC is trying to reduce the amount of food waste that ends up in landfills and help residents compost it instead so it can enrich the soil instead of being trapped in a landfill.
There is lead – according to four DC agencies, reaching “actionable levels” – on the surfaces of at least 17 DC playgrounds. This, understandably, has alarmed many parents and residents already concerned about reports about lead on play surfaces that come from rubber.