This almost sounds improbable. Yet, on the other hand, perhaps these Argentinian towns are merely responding to the climate changes that seem to be accelerating in their rate of occurance.
What seems to be an impossible task to gain universal support – both in Kyoto and Copenhagen – about actions necessary to abate the rising impact of erratic weather patterns and climatic extremes, now seems to have found a welcomed home among 30 small and medium-sized municipalities in Argentina. To achieve this paradigm shift in thinking, the Argentine Network of Municipalities to Confront Climate Change was created.
“The idea is to raise awareness and work together to help these communities cope with a global problem, say the promoters of the initiative. Big municipalities have technical teams. The problem is in the districts with 10,000 to 50,000 inhabitants, which are also isolated…”
What is it exactly that this network of small towns hope to accomplish?
“Through the network, representatives of smaller municipalities are able to receive training and exchange experiences in areas like renewable energies, waste management and sustainable tourism, while making a commitment to address the issues that affect their communities.”
One community places special emphasis on saving electricity and reducing contaminating emissions. Another, “works with rural producers to improve the cleaning of the glyphosate containers that contaminate the urban area. The containers are reused in the region even to transport water, despite the toxicity of their original contents.”
Perhaps, the actions of these small, unorganized cluster of towns in the remote regions of Argentina can demonstrate the resolve needed to take even small steps in our battle against a changing climate: Towns in Argentina Unite to Confront Climate Change.