The earth is a greenhouse that produces gases as it is warmed by the sun. However, human activities have artificially changed this natural process and created a “blanket” that has increased the earth’s concentration of greenhouse gases. The result has been global warming that is causing devastating changes that include extreme weather, rising sea levels, and melting glaciers. Converting to clean renewable energy sources can stop this dangerous trend and create a healthier planet. With that in mind, hundreds of U.S. groups, industries, and governments are now committed to the goal of a world powered 100% by renewable energy.
The Switch to Renewable Energy Is Inevitable
The use of fossil fuels has contributed heavily to climate change by spewing greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide into the environment. This is a fact, not an opinion. Hundreds of reports outline fossil fuel damage, and it is easy to find additional reading that explains the issue in clear language.
According to clean energy experts at Renew Economy, the switch to renewable energy sources is also inevitable because the earth will ultimately run out of fossil fuels. Success depends on controlling the change to renewable sources in ways that produce maximum benefits and reduce economic and social shock. That is exactly what dozens of organizations and governments around the world are doing.
U.S. Companies Have Committed to Clean Energy
Some of America’s most powerful and influential corporations are leading the movement toward cleaner energy. For example, a recent news headline advised, “GM to Reach 100% Renewable Energy in the U.S. Five Years Ahead of Schedule.” Clean energy contributions by auto companies such as GM include manufacturing more electric vehicles and reducing tailpipe emissions.
Many companies are also committed to sustainability because their customers and investors demand it. Per corporate publication Accenture, 66% of customers say they plan to make more ethical and sustainable purchases. At least 28% of investors polled said they are committed to the U.N.’s Principles for Responsible Investment.
State Energy Programs Are Focused on a Healthier Future
EPA reports that more state, local, and tribal governments increasingly promote policies designed to reduce greenhouse gases and energy consumption. Using renewable energy sources and other technology is improving regional air quality, creating more robust energy systems, saving money, and minimizing greenhouse emissions. Oregon, Washington, and South Dakota have made the most progress toward 100% renewable energy, according to realtimecampaign.com.
Renewable Energy Advocates Are Driving Changes
In addition to corporate and government programs, organizations like The Solutions Project also strive to raise awareness of climate change and to support clean energy efforts. Dozens of non-profits are committed to creating a greener, cleaner planet. They include the Environmental Defense Fund, Earthjustice, World Resources Institute, Rocky Mountain Justice, and Febershed.
Climate change caused by human activities has harmed the earth and will continue to do so without action. With that in mind, U.S. organizations, states, local governments, and hundreds of groups are taking steps to create a healthy, sustainable planet. Efforts focus on reducing dangerous greenhouse gases by switching from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources.