Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day. But is now really the time to be thinking about the climate, when our entire way of life has changed?
As hard as COVID-19 is, we know that it will pass and the country will reopen. We don’t have the same certainty when it comes to the fight against climate change. But just like COVID-19, climate change doesn’t occur in a vacuum. It touches every part of life and it affects different communities in different ways. Most of all, it’s going to take all of us working together to combat it. On that, the pandemic offers a valuable lesson: our collective impact has extraordinary power.
The last month has proved to me that, working together, we can have 100% renewable energy much faster than even we previously thought possible.
We’ve all been doing our part to stay home and flatten the curve. Every individual action is combining to slow the spread of the virus. We have dramatically altered our way of life in the course of a month, showing how individual actions can lead to collective good. The same is true in the fight against climate change. The last month has proved to me that, working together, we can have 100% renewable energy much faster than even we previously thought possible.
You can start making a difference right from home. You might not be able to attend a climate rally or take part in a park cleanup right now, but you can redefine what it means to be an “armchair activist” by taking action from your living room.
2. Contact your representatives locally and in Washington, DC and tell them that we have to make clean energy a central part of our economic recovery plans.
3. Donate through our Good Energy campaign to help others who might not be able to afford their power bills this month.
4. Talk to your friends and family about climate change. Tell them how important it is to support clean energy. For most of us, people we know are still one of our most trusted sources of information. Those conversations you have with your parents, siblings, roommates, and friends add up to a world of difference. Individual actions and individual connections are how we’re going to get more people involved.
At Arcadia, we’re fighting for a future that is 100% powered by renewable energy. We won’t stop until we get there, but it will be faster and easier the more people we have in the fight. So I hope you’ll join us in recognizing the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day and add your individual impact today.