These days, the evidence of climate change devastation is everywhere. Uncontrollable wildfires in the western U.S. Deadly floods in China (where the country received one year’s rainfall in three days) and Germany. Unprecedented temperatures in Siberia and scorching heat in the Middle East. It can feel overwhelming to read climate related disaster news while seeing so many world leaders placate, delay and outright resist urgent calls to implement policy changes to lower carbon pollution.
According to a draft report from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was leaked to the media in late June, millions around the globe will suffer from climate change-related hunger, drought and disease – especially our children and grandchildren.
Despite all the doom and gloom, there are a number of things that you can do to support renewable energy and sustainability. You can make a difference, not just for our generation but for future generations, who will have to deal with more severe climate change impacts in the decades ahead. And now, more than ever, we need your voice.
The benefits of moving away from fossil fuels are more than clear:
- Better, higher-paying jobs (more than twice as many as current fossil fuel employment).
- Benefits to all levels of our economy, not just the wealthy.
- A truly endless fuel supply.
- Reduced influence of international bad actors like Russia and Iran.
We already have the technology – we just need the social and political will. If you are concerned with the impact of climate change, there are a number of things you can do:
- Research political candidates for their views on renewables. Vote – and let candidates know their record on renewables will impact your vote.
- Write to and call our elected officials, urging them to support renewable energy policies.
- Support environmental/pro-renewable organizations, such as the Solar Energy Industries Association.
- Install a solar energy system on your home and/or business.
- If you can’t afford or your residence isn’t appropriate for a solar energy system, you can reduce your electricity usage.
- Patronize businesses and invest in companies that are committed to 100% renewable energy.
- Support agencies or companies that conduct research and advocate for renewable energy.
- Reduce the impact of your own transportation on the environment. Use public transit, if possible, and purchase an electric vehicle.
We know that there is widespread support for smart, sustainable energy policy; despite a growing partisan divide, poll after poll shows the majority of Americans are strongly in favor of adopting renewable energy policies.
We encourage you to learn more and act today to support renewable energy!