LETTER: Combating climate change with clean energy

Stock SectorApril 29, 20183min8
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The alarming and unstable weather of late should be evidence enough that we need to act now and make the change to 100 percent clean energy.

“In the past few days, I’ve started hearing birds chirping in the morning. It appears that the animals are beginning to wake up and come out for spring, and we should be careful to respect and protect them” (“WILD AGAIN: Protect our babies,” published 4/11/18).

Protecting local wildlife means protecting the environment that they, and we, share. Our carbon emissions threaten ourselves as well as the countless other species that rely on a healthy, stable planet to survive, and the time to switch to renewable energy to protect them, and ourselves, is now.

Massachusetts has proven to be a leader in terms of sustainability and environmental protection; today, we’re generating over 300 times as much solar energy as we did just 10 years ago. But we need to do much more in the face of these alarming environmental changes. The time for 100 percent renewable energy is now, and this change is possible; seven detailed studies have concluded that there are no insurmountable technological or economic barriers to making the switch to clean energy.

More than 50 state legislators have signed on to the 100 percent Renewable Energy Act, which would power Massachusetts entirely with clean energy like solar and wind by 2050. Plymouth Rep.s Randy Hunt and Matt Muratore, and Sen. Vinny deMacedo should sign on as well. The alarming and unstable weather of late should be evidence enough that we need to act now and make the change to 100 percent clean energy.

Eleanor Sultana, Environment Massachusetts, Boston

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