Resolve Starts Where We Live. Local and State Governments Can Make It Happen.
Each year we see more proof of what the vast majority of scientists around the world have predicted and warned us about resulting from a warming planet. Storms and fires of horrific magnitude. Droughts and floods out of balance. All resulting in the loss of lives and billions of dollars in property damage.
The longer-term impacts are even more ominous with devastating impacts in places on the planet that can hardly afford the troubles. Poor countries along with major U.S. cities are going to be overwhelmed by rising seas and drastic weather pattern changes.
It is unfortunate that the discussion of what we must do as a global society about the warming of the planet has been hijacked by those political and corporate interests creating doubt about the cause and downplaying the urgency to respond.
The Paris Agreement that brought the world together with commitments to address the amount of carbon that each country is putting in the atmosphere was a good start, but our current leadership pulled our country out which sends the wrong message to the world.
Fortunately, most other countries didn’t pay attention and stayed in. So did many mayors and governors across the country. The week after the U.S. pulled out of the agreement, Fairfield Mayor (Ed Malloy) signed the Climate Mayors Agreement and committed to leading Fairfield in continuing our efforts to conserve energy and transition to renewable energy.
Since the publication of City of Fairfield’s nationally recognized Go-Green Sustainability Plan, we have seen our energy consumption reduced by 8.5% and we have seen the development of 2 megawatts of solar energy distributed throughout the community including projects on four city buildings.
We must do everything we can from the grassroots level to change our lifestyle and embrace new technology and clean energy generation. No matter where we live, or how big or how small we are.
Given the global challenge and urgency of the climate crisis, however, it will take more than just individual, community, and corporate efforts to address it in time. Governments will need to lead by substantially incentivizing clean renewable energy, to move our society away from fossil fuels, and to guide the economy fairly and justly through the necessary transition.