Sustainable Energy is Possible Today. Let’s Help Make it Happen

When it comes to climate change, it’s not all bad news. An article published by CarbonTracker.org back in April  (tinyurl.com/sbwu6j2y) and cited in Forbes magazine states that:

Solar and wind are inexhaustible sources of energy, unlike coal, oil and gas, and at current growth rates will push fossil fuels out of the electricity sector by the mid-2030s. By 2050 they could power the world, displacing fossil fuels entirely.

The world does not need to exploit its entire renewable resource — just 1% is enough to replace all fossil fuel usage. Each year we are fuelling the climate crisis by burning three million years of fossilised sunshine in coal, oil and gas while we use just 0.01% of daily sunshine.

But here is the kicker: the key barrier to moving to a fossil fuel-free future is not technology, it’s politics. We have all the technology to make this come true today, we just need the political will to pull it off. It’s time to call, write, or email your political representatives (tinyurl.com/contact-your-leaders). 

In the words of Pope Francis:

Yes, love is interpersonal, but love is also political. It involves all peoples and it involves Nature.

Working together, we can help take care of our common home. 

Paul Litwin

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