How encouraging is this article from Mother Earth News?! Did you know that you can support the wind power initiative by signing up with your local power company to donate money (you decide the amount) to be added to your billing statement each month? You won't know exactly which wind turbine(s) you are funding, but you can be proud to know that you are part of the solution towards less reliance on fossil fuels. Dick and I have been doing this for five years now. Maybe, just maybe, we can change the course of the short-sighted, destructive path we are on and collectively reap the benefits by individually doing our small part to alter the bigger picture.
For Earth Day this year, we're excited to share an inspiring new report about the remarkable shift to renewable energy that is now under way across the globe.
While much of the news we hear about the environment is doom and gloom, in this article Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, outlines how rapidly renewable energy options are developing – especially wind and solar power, but also electric vehicles, hydropower and geothermal resources.
Brown demonstrates that a transition is now well under way from an economy built on fossil fuels to a world powered by renewable energy. In the long term, this is great news for reducing air pollution, slowing climate change and building an economy that is independent of ever-more-expensive imported oil. And the global renewable energy boom means thousands of new jobs in the coming years.
For example, most of the electricity in the United States currently comes from burning coal, which is a major cause of climate disruption. But as astonishing as it may seem, Brown points out that coal use is already on the decline. The United States is actually burning less coal than we were just five years ago. Meanwhile, the growth of wind power is astonishing – electricity from wind turbines is increasing by 40 to 50 percent a year!
If we make a full commitment to renewable energy, Brown writes, by 2020, the world could produce all our electricity from solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal, and we could phase out fossil fuels.
"For the first time since the Industrial Revolution began," he says, "we are investing in sources of energy that can last as long as the Earth itself."
Click here to read Brown's article.
Happy Earth Day!
Cheryl Long, Editor in Chief
For the MOTHER EARTH NEWS team