In a recent Environmental Defense Fund article, “This Earth Day 100% Clean Energy is 100% Possible,” it makes us stop and think how close we are to that reality. Certainly, anything is possible. It’s just a matter of time and investment to make that dream a reality.
According to the article, more than 25 U.S. cities, 12 countries, and at least 89 companies have all committed to transition to 100 percent renewable energy. This is no surprise considering the potential clean energy has to create jobs, reduce pollution and fight climate change. And with organizations leading the way like RE100— a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy — we are sure to achieve that goal sooner and on a large scale.
California and Massachusetts have proposed plans to reach that goal, with Hawaii making the pledge to plan for that as well. But like everything else in life, we have to find the right balance and there are other objectives just as important as energy, like water and food. Without energy, water and food, we cease to exist, so why not focus equal resources and attention on these three keys to life?
Additionally, we need to ensure our path to 100% clean energy is done in a way that we’re utilizing all our natural resources—wind, solar, geothermal, and hydropower — to their greatest potential and that these resources are integrated and stored in the most efficient and affordable way. But more importantly, we need to start the conversation on a larger scale and discuss the needs of future generations. We owe it to our children, their children and so on as there is much more at risk than some people realize.