At this moment in time, it almost feels possible to believe in a sustainable future.
The Biden administration has promised that the U.S. will achieve a 100% clean energy economy and reach net-zero emissions no later than 2050. We have newfound hope in this positive movement.
Despite much skepticism John Kerry, the United States first Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, says it is US policy to switch to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible: "Our incentives are towards renewable alternative energy. Seventy-five percent of the electricity that’s new, that came online in the last years, came online through renewables. So, we’re going to do what we need to do to take a leadership role and we’re doing that now.”.
From coastal towns to rural farms and urban centers, climate change poses an existential threat – not just to our environment, but to our health, our communities, our national security, and our economic well-being. It is important for each of us to do our part and make a stand to protect the environment through voting, lobbying, donating and putting our dollars where our hearts are. We need to keep reminding our governments how real the challenges ahead are.
However, humans are incredible beings. Over the past few centuries, through collective efforts, the world has seen less war, hunger and illiteracy; fewer people die in natural disasters, more people live in democracies, an increased number of women serve on parliaments, and life expectancy has increased. We can fight climate change and I’ll take a moment to enjoy this optimism for the planet.