As the United States government has stepped away from playing a major role in slowing climate change, towns, cities, municipalities, and states have stepped forward, encouraging 100% renewable energy through delivering clean electricity to their communities, supporting the deployment of electric vehicles, and increasing the resilience of the electricity grid to the impacts of climate change.
You can see this in states like New York and California which are, on multiple levels, encouraging solar and wind; Louisiana’s commitment to electric buses; cities like Washington D.C. developing a plan to adapt to a changing climate, and local communities like East Hampton, Long Island supporting offshore wind in its effort to become 100% renewable.
Discover the many ways your community can fight climate change.
CITY, COUNTY, TOWN & STATE PLANS
6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TODAY
TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
1. JOIN "WE ARE STILL IN"
Join forces with mayors, county executives, governors, tribal leaders, university leaders, businesses, faith groups, and investors to declare continued climate action support to meet the Paris Agreement.
More here: WE ARE STILL IN
2. INSTALL SOLAR RESPONSIBLY
When installing solar, make the land hospitable for bees. Pollinator friendly solar sites are a growing trend that help provide the nutrition and habitat that bees and butterflies need.
More here: UTILITY DIVE
3. INVEST IN WIND FARMS
In Colorado, the wind power generation saved 4 billion gallons of water that coal and gas plants would have used and avoided 8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.
More here: COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE
4. FOUR WAYS FOR CITIES TO COOL DOWN
From reflective roofing, dynamic shades, water cooling, and sky gardens, see what cities like New York and Abu Dhabi are doing to cool the environment.
More here: THE GUARDIAN
6. CERTIFY AS A WILDLIFE HABITAT
Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife, and becoming certified can help maintain or reconnect fragmented habitats. Requirements are in the areas of food, water, cover, places to raise young, and sustainable practices.
More here: NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION