400 ppm

Sadly, this number doesn’t refer to a famous, albeit doomed, Spartan army unit with 33.3% more warriors. Rather, it refers to something even more daunting than anyone living in the ancient world could conceivably comprehend… It represents the amount of global carbon dioxide in parts per million (ppm) present in our atmosphere as measured at Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory this year.

Indeed, 400 ppm may not seem like much considering that when Charles Keeling began taking measurements in 1958 the number was 315 ppm. A difference of 85 ppm over the course of almost 60 years shouldn’t impact us much considering CO2 only comprises about 0.04% of our atmosphere. It’s like adding a few drops of water to a full bathtub, right?

Not quite.

While the underlying reasons behind the increases exceeds the focus of this post, one thing is certain… Our approaches to construction, transportation, and our actions in general need an overhaul.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.